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    Royal pain

    "Princesa" follows a would-be transsexual prostitute whose agonizing desire to become a woman leads in unexpected directions.


    In "Princesa," the moral of the story is be careful of what you wish for, you might get it.

    Directed by: Henrique Goldman.
    Written by: Fernanda Farias de Albuquerque, Ellis Freeman.
    Cast: Ingrid de Souza, Cesare Bocci, Lulu Pecorari, Mauro Pirovano, Biba Lerhue, Sonia Morgan, Alessandra Acciai.
    In Italian and Portuguese with English subtitles.
    This film is the tale of Fernanda (aka Princesa), a Brazilian transsexual who moves to Milan to work as a prostitute in order to earn enough money for a sex-change operation so she can get married and lead a normal life as a woman. While quickly earning impressive amounts of money performing sex acts in cars and being looked out for by her benevolent transsexual pimp Karin, Princesa is picked up one night by Gianni, a handsome middle-class man who falls in love with her and offers her a comfortable life away from the streets after he leaves his wife for her and offers to pay for the sex-change operation. Facing the reality of becoming a woman has a disturbing effect on Princesa and leads her ultimately to make a rather surprising choice of lifestyle.

    Goldman's film is involving and colorful, but flawed. When Gianni tells Princesa he loves her, it seems too soon — we don't really see how he falls for her, and some more background of Princesa's life would make her a character we could really take to our hearts. Nevertheless, "Princesa" is a poignant portrait. Ingrid De Souza, who plays Princesa is truly a discovery; she has a stunning, melancholy beauty and it's hard to take your eyes off her. The transsexual prostitutes are a seedily glamorous crew who fill up the screen with personality. The scenes of them and their clients are fairly explicit — don't bring the kids to this one.

    DECEMBER 10, 2001

    Reader comments on Princesa:

  • I like this movie   from mauro, Aug 15, 2002
  • I really relate to the movie!   from ava anderson, Jul 16, 2003
  • Re: I really relate to the movie!   from Vanessa McCoy-Tanner, Feb 3, 2004
  • Re: I really relate to the movie!   from verve, Sep 6, 2006
  • Re: I really relate to the movie!   from Be, Mar 27, 2004
  • Yeah/Nahh to movie   from Vanessa McCoy-Tanner, Feb 2, 2004
  • congratulations!   from cleber castro, Aug 31, 2004
  • The real message   from michael, Nov 25, 2004
  • a real eye-opener   from michael, Oct 20, 2005
  • Princesa   from Denise, Feb 17, 2006
  • Princessa   from Dee Kaye, Mar 25, 2006
  • Beautiful!   from Bill, Dec 29, 2006

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