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338 Ratings



Directed by Teresa Villaverde
Portugal, France, 2006


Sonia, a girl from St. Petersburg, decides to seek a better life in western Europe. She first gets a job at a car dealer in Germany. But she is suddenly kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery. She will be dragged from country to country and resistance will only bring her misery and humiliation.

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Trance Directed by Teresa Villaverde

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  • Noli Manaig's rating of the film Trance

    Where Lukas Moodyson's "Lilya 4-Ever," a film with an identical theme, cops out of the consequences of its premise, "Trance" proceeds unflinchingly, turning the knife in the wound. Both are heartbreaking films about post-Soviet women lured by newfound freedom and the promises of the West, but "Trance" hints at a further dimension, the Russian experience and resilience throughout its turbulent and sanguinary history.

  • Corinne Gilroy's rating of the film Trance

    Utterly brutal. Not here to please you. Demands patience. Takes apart the narrative we build up around noble resilience. Replaces it with the suggestion that endurance is simply a matter of time + circumstance + not being dead.

  • Michael Zyx MH Claes's rating of the film Trance

    SADE, TODAY : too long or irrelevant scenes, or a confusing editing, may disconcert ... Then, at half movie, this explosion of violence, blackness, a vertigo of beauty, cruelty & madness. === Des plans trop longs ou sans objet, un montage confus, peuvent déconcerter. Et puis, au milieu du film, une explosion de violence, de noirceur. La beauté vertigineuse de la cruauté et de la folie.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Trance

    A Ana Moreira foi maravilhosa, muito poliglota e aqueles olhos raiados de vermelho deixam saudades de a ver em "Os Mutantes". A acção do filme pareceu-me por vezes pouco fluída, outras vezes demorada em segmentos que não precisavam de o ser, embora a estética austera esteja realmente próxima de uma realidade da Europa de Leste. É um tema forte e por isso acho que esperava algo mais intenso. Lindo o momento musical.

  • Bernardo Crastes's rating of the film Trance

    Um retrato intenso e profundamente pessoal do tráfico humano, que não dá uma visão do panorama geral à la documentário, interessando-se mais em transmitir (e bem) o horror psicológico experienciado por Sónia. Ana Moreira está soberba nesse papel. A acção é algo desconexa e alguns significados acabam por se perder no ritmo lento.

  • Bandeira's rating of the film Trance

    This is not entertainment. If you're looking for something to make you feel good about hypocrisy in particular or mediocre thoughtless life in general just go and watch The Game of Thrones, Kill Bill and smoke a joint or something.

  • Cid Medeiros's rating of the film Trance

    As it is standard throughout history, a young beautiful woman is the object of all kinds of men's perversity. It speculates on how a person could be trafficked and slaved in nowadays Europe.The disorientation of a kidnapped person is also explored. This underworld is majorly presented through rich well decorated rooms followed by decadency of bizarre situations. The last of those rooms is where insanity takes place.

  • Jema Gaskin Charles's rating of the film Trance

    A soul destroying and yet utterly captivating descent into degradation, through which the desperate humanity of the unforgettable protagonist burns on. Challenging her audiences with an appreciation for the ruthlessness banality of the sale of womens' vital humanity, director Teresa Villaverde has brilliantly shaken assumptions of ubiquitous freedom.

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