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  • Summary: Patrick, an American card shark and dealer of stolen artifacts, has been comfortably numb in Cambodia for years when he encounters Holly, a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl, in the K11 red-light village. The girl has been sold by her impoverished family and smuggled across the border to work as a prostitute. Holly's virginity makes her a lucrative prize, and when she is sold to a child trafficker, Patrick embarks on a frantic search through both the beautiful and sordid faces of the country in an attempt to bring her to safety. Harsh yet poetic, this feature forms part of the K11 Project, dedicated to raising awareness of the epidemic of child trafficking and the sex-slavery trade through several film projects. The film's producers endured substantial hardships in order to be able to shoot in Cambodia and have also founded the RedLight Children Campaign, a worldwide grassroots initiative generating conscious concern and inspiring immediate action against child sexploitation. (Priority Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. The filmmaker's vision is harrowingly ugly and profoundly upsetting every step of the way.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Though the storytelling is haphazard, artistry often transcends mere good intentions. Director Guy Moshe scavenges color from the torn fringes of Phnom Penh, and the composer Tôn-Thât Tiêt provides a spare score, laying bleary sadness over the art-house muckracking.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    An unsparing look at child prostitution is a hard sell for audiences, but this movie is a memorable achievement, far superior to the recently released "Trade," another movie about sex trafficking.
  4. 50
    The film's meandering narrative, melodramatic conclusion and underdeveloped characters overshadow the genuinely shocking abuses it condemns.
  5. Half drama, half social tract, Guy Moshe's feature debut is meant to illustrate the horrors of child prostitution in Southeast Asia. The intentions, unfortunately, are more notable than the execution.
  6. Might have been more effective as a documentary.
  7. 38
    A dreary message movie.

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