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38 out of 44 people found the following review useful:

Powerful, but misleading

Author: hellhound8 from United States
25 January 2013

The film is interesting and powerful, albeit depressing. No idea how the director got access to give us such a candid look, but this is a dark side of the world you won't see anywhere else. The subject is self explanatory, if you're at all interested about the lives of these women in Thailand, Bangladesh, and Mexico then you should experience this.

My one critique is thematically, the movie is about prostitution in abject poverty, not prostitution as a "job", but does not make any distinction. The prostitutes in Bangladesh and Mexico he shows were in absolutely horrifying conditions - they were forced into it, threatened if they tried to leave, and barely paying for food. Whereas in Amsterdam, Germany, and even many in Bangkok treat it as an occupational choice. They can get other jobs, but choose to do this. Those are two VERY different circumstances that can have very different effects on people physically and emotionally.

That would be my critique to keep in mind while watching. The movie is not so much a commentary on the evils of prostitution or even the lives of prostitutes, as it is delving into the darkest depth of what desperate conditions can bring.

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28 out of 30 people found the following review useful:

Amazing fly-on-the-wall documentary

Author: evening1 from United States
4 May 2012

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What is it like to work as a "fish-bowl" prostitute in Thailand? Here you'll get to eavesdrop on the girls as they don their number tags and sit demurely behind a window as guys in suits drop in after work to ogle them, ask whether they provide "full service," and narrow their choices.

This incredible documentary tracks prostitutes not only in a glitzy Thai club but also in a Bangladeshi bazaar and along a dirt road in Mexico as the women compete for johns, talk about how painful large penises can be, and dicker with low-ballers.

As the Village Voice reviewer points out, this film deftly juxtaposes the misery of the prostitutes with the self-satisfied braggadocio of their clients.

Some things I learned about foreign prostitutes: Work isn't as plentiful as you might think; johns are often shameless cheapskates, prostitutes are frequently repelled by the men who paw them, and they may resort to superstition, black magic, and crack to make it through their workaday routines.

The movie gains unbelievable verisimilitude as it focuses on a Mexican prostitute ("If you don't come it's not my problem") and her easy-going john, who pays his tariff without ejaculating and tries in vain to learn his partner's name.

The intimacy and honesty of this film are its greatest attributes. I won't soon forget it.

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24 out of 34 people found the following review useful:

Depressing, Highly Effective and Great

Author: anchovyd from United States
19 February 2013

I wasn't sure what to expect when my wife picked out this movie to watch but man was this movie ever thought provoking and interesting. What makes the film unique is that there is no narration or cuts to "experts" and hardly any interviews. The camera is more or less a fly on the wall. The only negative this is that the depressing music is cranked a little too high in the mix and is really obtrusive at times.

The movie covers prostitution in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico. The documentary in specific looks at a midrange operation in Thailand and a sad and depressing filthy brothel in Bangladesh with young girls, and a low rent operation in Mexico. The movie is very effective.

Some complain that he isn't painting a fair picture of prostitution leaving out the nice clubs in Amsterdam and Nevada. In fact in the Mexican town you can see a big building in many scenes with the word Lipstick on it. This is a nice strip club with good looking girls who you can take upstairs for about five times what the girls who make it into the documentary charge, but instead he shows a sorry strip club with very disturbing looking girls and the low rent section of the Tolerance Zone with crack ladies of the night.

If he just showed the glitzy brothels, this movie wouldn't have nearly the same impact as it does. The Thai joint is the only glitzy joint here with hairdressers and makeup people dolling them up before the night. The Bangladesh and Mexican places don't even have running water and the girls are lucky if they even have a mirror.

Bottom line: this movie is really great. Even my wife liked it and she usually hates documentaries and anything with subtitles... I am glad that she picked it out. Only the music detracts from this moving documentary.

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Gripping docu about the women in various red light areas throughout the world

Author: DopamineNL from Amsterdam, NL
17 December 2013

While the chitchatting girls of Bangkok may initially make you think it's actually not that bad, the back alley brothel in Bangladesh kicks you in the stomach. Remember while watching: 100 Taka = €0,95. And while the men are reduced to (nasty, ignorant, or at least naive) animals that can't help but exert their primal urges ('without the brothel all women would get raped all the time' is a telling quote), it's the madams' treatment of their girls that will truly horrify any viewer. The documentary ends slightly surrealistic, though not unsuitable, in a drug-fueled Mexican red light area.

What probably struck me most were the small rituals, often merely casual habits, that are used by the girls to keep hanging on in their incredibly hard life.

One can argue (as I'm sure has been done) whether 'dramatic' music in such a documentary is fitting. Nevertheless, the film is gripping, beautifully made, and if it wasn't such a nasty side of humanity the images and music would be enchanting. But without a happy end.

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Good movie

Author: David Langston
17 February 2013

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I liked the movie because it appears to share honest/authentic conversations with prostitutes around the world.

Comes off as a lament for prostitution, culture and humanity, although some of the ladies appear to be OK or even happy with their lifestyle. Not sure it impacted my opinion much but seems like the type of film that I will remember.

Ultimately, it leaves the viewer to ask all the whys, and in that way it comes off more like a piece of art work than journalism, which I like.

I get bothered by people blathering about propaganda and neutrality. I have read few books and watched few movies that came across as truly neutral. I'm not sure it's even possible if I were nitpicking. Easiest solution is for someone to make a case, make a point, weave a message, create a propaganda piece and let someone else counter it in their own film or book. The more potent the message, the more it will take into account counterpoints and other perspectives anyway. The artist, write, filmmaker always has to leave something out, which means he has to make choices, which means it's always biased. I prefer biased. I added this paragraph because IMDb won't let me publish without at least ten lines, so I had to add something.

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful:


Author: ryanrmoos from United States
6 February 2013

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This is a wonderful film, it's truly dark, and quite frankly disturbing.

However, The reason I am giving it lower marks is the music. The music is so distracting, I find myself muting the audio just to avoid it. I would have liked the film a great deal more without the music. Musical taste, is, however, highly subjective.

How the documentarian was able to have such access, that is so "National Geographic Real", is beyond comprehension. I think that's what makes this film a visual masterpiece. The picture edit is composed, flowing, patient and poignant.

So, this is certainly a must SEE film, but thank goodness for subtitles.

Yes! I am sure some people will love the music.... :-)

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Who are we to judge?

Author: nobodywhoareyou from United States
5 August 2013

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I had this movie in my instant queue for quite some time, but it never seemed to be the right time to watch. However, today as I scrolled through the 200+ long list of movies, I stopped over the title, and decided to go ahead and watch.

It's always easy to judge someone based on something you know nothing about. Many people seem to think that all prostitutes are crack-heads or alcoholics, they think they're the scum of the universe; this movie shows you different.

The movie gives us an almost one-of-a-kind look at the lives of these ladies, one that you aren't likely to get without going out and experiencing it personally. It shows you women who are wives and mothers, girls who are selling themselves to be able to afford to take classes in another vocation. It shows us that many of them share the same hopes and dreams many of us have; to have a good life and not have to worry about where your next meal will come from, to fall in love.

I'm not naive enough to think that all prostitutes' lives are the same, but that just goes to show that you shouldn't stereotype. If you were a young woman and your only choices were to either live on the street and starve to death, or sell your body for just enough to get by, what would you do? What if selling your body was the only way to get money to feed your children?

Overall a very poignant film which I enjoyed, I would recommend it if you're not offended easily by sexual situations.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Look into another World

Author: alex Turner from United States
3 November 2016

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Whore's Glory is a glimpse into a world not seem by most people. I know that here in the US there are a lot of people that think it's cool to glamorize "sex work" but this documentary shows what the reality is for a lot of women. This documentary is made up of 3 parts. The first part takes place in Bangkok a city notorious for its sleaze. The segment largely takes place in the "fishbowl" brothel where women sit around all day in a glass display room until they get called up to service a john. As degrading it is to sit in a fishbowl all day like a piece of merchandise, the Thai ladies have it way better than the women in the Bangladesh segment. The Bangladesh brothel is truly a house of horrors. It's basically a long, dimly lit corridor with lined with rooms. You don't just have prostitutes and johns milling around, you have small children and animals running around as well. Some of the girls in the brothel are obviously underage and there is a segment where one girl is sold and indentured to a madam. The whole thing is incredibly depressing.

The third and in my opinion weakest segment is one that takes place in Reynosa Mexico, a town not far from the US border. In my opinion this was the weakest segment because the weird surrealistic tone didn't fit with the rest of the piece and I could have done without the graphic sex scene.

The documentary is beautifully shot, especially the first two segments. There is no narrator and everything is presented without commentary. The subjects actions and words speak for themselves. What I didn't like is the sometimes intrusive hipster music soundtrack and the weakness of the third segment. Overall I do think the doc is worth checking out. The Bangladesh segment is really moving and is worth watching for that alone. I am also really saddened to hear that the director died a few years back. RIP, Michael Glawogger your contribution to cinema will not be forgotten.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Depressing and Real

Author: Mike B from Canada
18 May 2016

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I guess it doesn't get much more real than this. And it's a very depressing world for these women – particularly the segment in Bangladesh. We are shown actual film footage inside these brothels. The customers give their reasons for the visits. This is no glamour portrayal of these women – and the men who visit them.

One brothel is in Bangkok and it would be the most "upscale" one we are exposed to. At least the women go out to eat and do some shopping.

I somewhat question the ethics of the Bangladesh segment. Obviously many of the girls were underage. One was being recruited with no chance of leaving for over a year. As a warning the entire film is depressing – but these parts were squalid and brutal and showed extreme exploitation of minors – by women I would add. But as I mentioned this is as it is.

The final segment is in Mexico and at least the women were older (or most of them). Also we are shown other aspects of this "business", as in drug addiction. One woman is obviously high, and others take crack.

I have to give the film-makers credit for going into this world. One role of a documentary is to unmask another world – and this it certainly does. And a film on this type of prostitution should be depressing.

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

The Real World of Prostitution--Three Views

Author: atlasmb from United States
7 November 2013

Whore's Glory is a documentary about prostitution. There is no voice over, no narration, no script. It merely records a visual documentation of the lives of prostitutes in three different venues (located in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico).

Of course the film was edited, but other than that, it provides an unfiltered view of prostitution. It focuses on the prostitutes themselves, enough so that the viewer sees the conditions they live in/under. They sometimes talk to the camera. We learn of their sorrows, their problems, and how they deal with the realities of prostitution.

In Thailand, the girls do not seem as victimized. Oddly, some of them spend much of their money on the "bar boys" who entertain women for money.

In Bangladesh, these women are truly victims of economic hardship. Women bring their daughters into the business. Society is so stratified that people's choices are limited. The caste system still controls much of life there.

Because the camera is just an observer, there is no glorification of the job. In all three locations, waiting is a large part of the job. Religion and superstitious mysticism play a part in the women's lives, just as for others in their societies.

One woman in Bangladesh who comes across as more sensitive, perhaps more intelligent explains the horrible reality she must confront every day, saying "Women are unhappy creatures." Philosophically, she wonders why it is that way and how it can change.

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