Princess: the REVIEW of the film that opens the horizons competition in Venice 79 :: Blog on Today

Princess: the REVIEW of the film that opens the horizons competition in Venice 79 :: Blog on Today
Princess: the REVIEW of the film that opens the horizons competition in Venice 79 :: Blog on Today
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Waiting for the public preview of the opening film of the official competition of Venice 79, White Noise by Noah Baumbach, on the afternoon of the first day of the Venice Film Festival, the screening of the title that kicks off the competition in the Orizzonti section. It is about Princess, a film directed by Roberto De Paolis who chooses to give a voice to the clandestine prostitutes of the Roman suburbs by bringing their life of abuse, cynicism and precariousness to the big screen of the Lido of Venice. The one who calls herself Princess is a very young Nigerian prostitute who earns her living in Rome by selling her body because, as she says, it is as if she was never “used” by anyone, after all, she is always paid for her work . She no longer knows what her real name is, as well as her true identity and behind a pink wig, makeup and a leading lady, Princess goes up and down the street, lives in the woods and makes a living having sex with. whoever stops, young or old, the important thing is to always receive those twenty or thirty euros to earn a living.

This film, not beautiful from a structural point of view, is very interesting for the themes dealt with and leads to a reflection on the theme of prostitution and sexual violence, surprising for its raw but at the same time delicate story. De Paolis is able to show us a much talked about topic, such as prostitution, from a different point of view, that of those who are forced to make it their reason for living, in this case a nineteen year old clandestine who has to do everything not to get eat from the world around her. Despite its cynicism, this film takes on an unexpected delicacy thanks to the simplicity and sweetness that shines through in those few moments when the protagonist of the film becomes vulnerable and lets herself go to live those feelings that she has kept silent for too long.

Breaking the chains of apathy and lack of affect, Princess learns to recognize love but to always rely on herself, and, in the end, she understands that, in addition to injustices, there is also another aspect in life. of its history has left its mark on the minds of the film’s viewers who, at the end of the press preview, could not help but indulge in a heartfelt and warm applause.

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Rating: 6

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