Princesas is an indie flick about a couple of prostitutes trying to make a life for themselves. A drama with interesting characters and good acting, it works until you realize there isn't much of a plot.
The movie follows Caye (Candela Peña), a career whore who is tough, street smart and looking for true love. Her family doesn't know what she does, and she thinks she's fine with it. When she meets Zulema (Micaela Nevárez), a beautiful foreigner who has traveled to Spain to make money for her son back home, the two women quickly strike up a friendship. Caye soon learns that Zulema has been offering her services to a violent and seedy businessman who claims he can get papers for her, while Caye has found true love - but discovers that her past could come back to haunt her.
Beyond that, Princesas is mainly a character drama, but I can't say it's an overwhelmingly convincing one. It does hold your attention well enough, and the two lead actresses manage things on their own, but in the end, there isn't anything here that will make me remember this movie a month from now. To be perfectly honest, the best part of the film follows a rape scene where it appears that things are going to pick up and get darker, but then, nothing really comes of it. While there is a bit of closure to the movie, Princesas seems more like a snapshot of a couple women's lives, and that isn't enough for me.
Still, Princesas is an okay movie. It isn't sensational in any way or form, but it captures the attention enough. Recommended to those who really like foreign dramas, but most people will find Princesas a little lacking.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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