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  • Summary: The odyssey of Fernanda, a nineteen-year-old Brazilian transvestite, who arrives in Milan in search of the perfect man.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    The final result becomes a search not for a knight in shining armor, but one of acceptance for one's own identity.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    A thoughtful, restrained, refreshingly nonjudgmental melodrama that reflects on interesting questions regarding sexuality, identity and self-acceptance.
  3. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Marta Barber
    An engaging and powerful portrayal of puberty gone awry.
  4. It could easily have become either prurient or moralistic, but Mr. Goldman's stance is that of a sympathetic observer, and his style combines ground-level realism with a touch of Almodóvarian extravagance.
  5. 63
    Features abundant sex and nudity, yet it manages to tell its story (based on a real character) with great sensitivity.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Unsettling in spots, Princesa ultimately glosses over the futility of Fernanda's plight, her misery rapidly erased.
  7. By the time Princesa finally slides into halfhearted melodrama in its last quarter, we're only too happy to follow Fernanda back to the rim and a little excitement.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. FrankC.
    Jan 2, 2003
    [***POTENTIAL SPOILERS INCLUDED IN THIS REVIEW***] Ingrid de Souza is romantic & real, and I appreciated the sweet sounding AUWE singing the [***POTENTIAL SPOILERS INCLUDED IN THIS REVIEW***] Ingrid de Souza is romantic & real, and I appreciated the sweet sounding AUWE singing the classic "Estate" during the closing credits. A final comment on what the writers of the film's description seem to keep missing: Ingrid's love interest Gianni left his wife because she wouldn't give him children. Fernanda walked away from Gianni because she realized that ultimately the same thing would eventually happen to her. And the double-whammy pain immediately set in for her with the realization that this pattern would duplicate itself no matter which man she might take up with in the future. This double-realization is what made Fernanda became suicidal. But she opts to commit suicide slowly instead of quickly (Though she's perfectly healthy for now, she will now move to duplicate her dying Brazilian friend Chato by returning to the street until AIDS catches up to her too.). The overall tragedy for her character is that either way she's embracing a future without a future. Her apparent glee at the end of the movie is thinly veiled resignation to an irrecoverable loss. "Princesa" is a sweetly melancholy film that requires empathy to appreciate. I recommend it to conservative & liberal alike. You'll like it, I promise. Expand

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