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  • Summary: Street smart Filipina transsexual prostitute, Raquela, decides to travel in order to find her prince charming. Like many Transsexuals (often known as "Ladyboys") in the Philippines, Raquela dreams of marrying a heterosexual man from the West. She spends much of her time on the internetStreet smart Filipina transsexual prostitute, Raquela, decides to travel in order to find her prince charming. Like many Transsexuals (often known as "Ladyboys") in the Philippines, Raquela dreams of marrying a heterosexual man from the West. She spends much of her time on the internet looking for men who can come and rescue her. They promise to come, but time after time Raquela gets stood up at the airport.
    Her life changes when, by luck, she lands a job as a webcam host on a transsexual porn site. The owner of the website, Michael, a "Ladyboy specialist" who runs his business from New York, promises to help Raquela. Through her friends in the internet world, Raquela eventually gets the opportunity to travel far away on her quest to find the straight man of her dreams. (Regent Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 75
    Queen Raquela's plotty elements don't always work: The acting in the story-driving scenes sometimes comes off as amateurish, and the circumstances that send Rios halfway around the world seem contrived. But de Fleur gets an astonishingly good performance from Stefan C. Schaefer.
  2. Their film is a rarity in that Rios emerges as a vibrant, reflective woman, an individual who refuses to be defined by her transsexuality.
  3. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    70
    Likeable if rambling first feature by Icelandic helmer Olaf de Fleur Johannesson ("Africa United") evinces the helmer's background in documaking, and reps a kind of quasi-doc itself with real-life trannies riffing on their own personas.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    70
    The great strength of the film is that it is difficult to know where cinema verite leaves off and fiction begins.
  5. 63
    Rios is the glue that holds Johannesson's neither-fish-nor-fowl film together.
  6. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    50
    Mildly engrossing, building to a final-act clash between First and Third worlds that is riveting and highly uncomfortable to watch.
  7. It's like being trapped in a roomful of teenage girls for 80 minutes.