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Directors:
Pau Masó
David Damen (co-director: USA)
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24 September 2013 (USA) See more »
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Love isn't free.
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Traumatized by his mother's death and struggling to make ends meet, illegal immigrant Aleksandr Ivanov turns to escorting and soon finds himself sinking into the dark world of New York City's sex trade -- and pushed to the edge of sanity. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Pau Masó ... Aleksandr

Natalie Grigoriadou ... Dr. Mary (as Anatoli Grek)

Josh Berresford ... Keith

Samantha Glovin ... Emma

Keith Dougherty ... Tom
Olivier Canovas ... Nathan
Roy Pollack ... Kyle
Terrence Hewitt ... The Host

Marc I. Daniels ... The Cop

Roland Max ... John
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jon Ash ... Christian

Danny Boushebel ... Clive

Robert Braxton ... Business man #2
Cesar Campos ... Jesse 'Jess'
Marsha Chun-Matsubara ... Mailey

Anne Leigh Cooper ... Christine (as Annemijn Nieuwkoop)
Pete Dorogoff ... Business man
Edy Escamilla ... Eric
Salvador Garcia Jr. ... Bar customer
Mark-Eugene Garcia ... Michael (as Mark Eugene Garcia)
Hona Gordon ... Nikolay Ivanov

Andrew Hsu ... Man in bar #1
Annie Jackson ... Lidia
Justin Ketchner ... Denton

Kamron Leal ... Bar Customer (as Jason Leal)

Raymond Mamrak ... Man on Subway Station
Eduar Medina ... Boy in bathroom

Aleksandra Myrna ... Aleksandr's mother
Richie Noodles ... Dick
Mark Parker ... Joel
Noah Pielow ... Bartender

Robert Rochester ... James
Tim Sansone ... Billy
Kyle Storey ... Man in bar #2

Jenni Vere ... Sophia (as Jennivere Song Lee)

Miriam Weisbecker ... Lisa

Directed by
Pau Masó 
David Damen (co-director: USA)
 
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Pau Masó  written by

Produced by
Pau Masó .... producer (as Paul C. Mason)
 
Original Music by
Dave Klotz 
 
Cinematography by
David Damen 
 
Film Editing by
Pau Masó 
 
Sound Department
Andrew Guinn .... sound recordist
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Hatova .... stylist
 
Thanks
Ivan Borgos .... grateful acknowledgment
Marc I. Daniels .... special thanks
Irene González .... grateful acknowledgment
Ariel Jara .... special thanks
Jorge Lozano .... very special thanks
Ewelina Lukaszewska .... special thanks
John Marton .... grateful acknowledgment
Michael Repsch .... special thanks
Sebastián Ariel Ruau .... special thanks
David Szy .... special thanks
Alex Vidal .... thanks
 

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The movie was shot in New York City between the months of March and April of 2012, during the period of 4 weeks approximately.See more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Powerful film about Male Prostitution, 20 November 2013
Author: Pinku_Eiga from Deutschland

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Before watching this film, "Aleksandr's Price," I was expecting a typical gay themed film with a lot of exploitative sex and nudity, and little else. This is nothing of the kind. Instead we have a brilliant character study, of a Russian immigrant being slowly destroyed by the harsh NYC hustling scene. Having seen many films on the subject of prostitution, i cannot remember any other film that so accurately documents what this lifestyle does to the human soul and sense of self-worth. Aleksandr is a young, and very naive Russian immigrant, who finds himself alone in a big, harsh city, after his mother commits suicide. Aleksandr is an illegal alien, unable to secure a legal means of income. It doesn't help that he has no friends to guide him or help him out. Being very good looking, he soon finds himself in a job as a go-go dancer in an NYC gay bar. When a man takes him home for a night of sex, Aleksandr is both surprised and disgusted when the man hands him an envelope with $500 inside, and promptly kicks him out. This is where the fascinating psychological study comes into play. After being abandoned by his father, and then told by his mother that he is worthless garbage who ruined her life, Aleksandr is desperate for someone..anyone to care about him, or to recognize some worth in him. Sadly, the kind of love or friendship that he searches for is not to be found in the world of prostitution. For Aleksandr meets an unending stream of the most vile, jaded men you can imagine. And with each humiliation, his sanity slips away, along with his sense of self, until he no longer believes that he is worthy of anybody or anything. After a while, he becomes addicted to the sex, and the rejection, until he comes to the point where he becomes sexually aroused by the abuse, and by the idea that he somehow deserves this vile treatment.

This pattern is so accurate; prostitution often leads to self loathing, and self annihilation. The tag line for this film is "Love isn't free," but the truth is, money isn't free either. It comes at a very steep price. I was really amazed that this film touched on all these facts, and it did it without being the least bit exploitative; the sex scenes, of which there are many, are filmed in a way in which the viewer doesn't see anything 'sexy.' Rather than showing naked bodies, the camera focuses on facial expressions, and the least erotic elements of sex. It focuses on the pain and sadness of the act, the psychological aspects of sex for cash. I'm not quite sure who the intended audience for this film is; I can't imagine many gay men liking this film, as there is such a lack of eroticism. not to mention the way the gay scene is portrayed here is very negative; every gay character is the most vile, reprehensible pig imaginable. In fact the gay scene is shown as downright evil. I don't know what to make of that. But at last here is a film with gay themes (it is not really a "gay" film, and Aleksandr's own sexual orientation isn't ever clearly defined) that can be watched by straight guys; the kind of sex in this film is not the kind that would make a straight guy uncomfortable to watch. "Aleksandr's Price" is a low budget film that is every bit as good as "Shame," starring Michael Fassbender, another film that deals with similar issues. I recommend this film highly, for viewers that can deal with dark subject matter; and this one is very dark, and totally devoid of humour or hope. But it's the most "real" film I have seen on the subject of prostitution.

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