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3.9
618 Ratings

Whores' Glory

Directed by Michael Glawogger
Austria, Germany, 2011
Documentary

Synopsis

Whores’ Glory tells several stories of prostitution around the world. The documentary revolves around the lives and individual hopes, needs and experiences of the women.

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Whores' Glory Directed by Michael Glawogger
A non-judgmental, eye-level representation of prostitution that gives a voice to those practicing the oldest profession. This is no standard talking heads doc, although that stylistic choice is both used and transcended. Rather, the late, great Glawogger (gone too soon at the age of 55 from malaria) presents the work and the workers as a triptych, globe-hopping across the world to three red light districts with a thriving market.
March 15, 2017
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[The film] is a critique that almost seems at times to be an homage. In trying to tear away certain illusions held by people living in the developed world… Glawogger practically ends up making icons of his subjects: they are the wretched of the Earth. And it is their general indifference to the filmmaker in their midst that truly authenticates this status. So destroyed are these workingmen by the extremity of their daily grind that they can’t… modulate their performances for the camera.
August 21, 2014
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You have to love a film that deliberately pisses on ‘documentary ethics’ and plays PJ Harvey over footage of women actually selling their bodies in real time. Glawogger’s cool view of reality is such that he views everything as if it were the stuff of great cinema. The lingering impression is that if the world didn’t tie itself into such abysmal knots then it wouldn’t so easily become worth filming.
April 30, 2014
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