Princess

There’s defrocking a-plenty in this grotty, anti-porn polemic from young Danish director Anders Morgenthaler, as the strange death of a celebrated porn starlet known as The Princess prompts her clergyman brother to renounce his faith and dedicate his remaining days to tracking down the monsters who led his sister to an early grave. There’s an unsettling pot/kettle logic at the film’s core as Morgenthaler seems to blame the porn industry for all of society’s ills in one breath, then offers up leery images of sexualised tots and eye-wateringly graphic violence in another. As such, potential thematic focus towards the Catholic anxieties so beloved of Abel Ferrara and the lone male miscreants of Paul Schrader’s films goes unfulfilled in favour of stock revenge-thriller histrionics, addressing the issues at hand with a rabble-rousing tabloid approach. Unstable ethics aside, you’d be hard pressed to fault the animation, a colourful, smooth and innovative riff on the classic anime style, interspersed with slickly rendered live-action cutaways. Sure, the rage is palpable in every cell, but poise and rational thinking are sadly lacking.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday October 19 2007
Duration: 81 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Anders Morgenthaler
Screenwriter: Mette Heeno, Anders Morgenthaler
Cast: Mira Hilli Møller Hallund
Thure Lindhardt
Stine Fischer Christensen
Christian Tafdrup
Tommy Kenter
Soren Lenander
Margrethe Koytu
Jens Arentzen
Ida Dwinger
Henrik Ipsen

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2.8 / 5

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harris zain

Coming from top critic. It seems unfortunate that this movie was not analysed fairly. Rather than it was stuck on pettie issues regarding Catholicism and rationality. I know ur film phile I know u must be aware of movies like Old Boy and revenge series and Leon watever and drive. It should analysed on that basis. Oldboy or other revenge series did not provide any sufficent rational thinking into it. It was just about bloody revenge. The movie should be praised for dealing things that only be dealt by Taratino and Park Chan Wook on live action was beautifully translated on anime and 20% real footage. The characterisation is another aspect that was grossly ignored. Mia eccentric behaviour becoz of abusive life she went through. and August quiet wanderer like personality that have become so much rare in hollywood was refreshing thing to see. Well I can go ranting about all day long but fact of matter is just re review or watch this movie again. Im sure u have missed a whole bunch of lot.