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on 23 February 2016
A twenty-three year old Slovakian, student Aleksandra (Nina Ivanisin), turns to prostitution to fund a lifestyle that appears to include cigarettes (notice the lighting-up ritual of sliding the length of the cig along the lips) and an apartment she may call her own.

The girl exhibits a dour countenance most of the time (does she ever smile?) as if life is just too much for her, making you wonder at times why men find her attractive – well, not really!!

It would appear that her coming into this world was one of those accidents that fate bestows upon millions of wretched young souls. She visits her father from time to time (a place of refuge), now separated from the mother (we get only a brief glimpse of the lady when her daughter pays a passing call), and living a short train journey from the big city.

The father is a caring, mild, manic depressive gentleman well into middle-age, who is attempting to resurrect a small band of players strumming and yelling into microphones that is all the rage in the cotemporary world of popular music making.

It is not at all clear exactly what Aleksandra is actually a student of, beyond her sexual exploits. In fact the whole thing rolls along seemingly without purpose, punctuated by crisis after crisis, against the backdrop of city goings on that makes one ask if this is what civilization is really all about and, if so, is it what we really aspire to?

Perhaps the answer is there, in the final few minutes of the film.

Some English is spoken, but most of us may have to rely upon subtitles in order to follow the dialogue.
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on 23 April 2011
A 23 year old Slovenian girl, originally from a small town there but now studying at the university in the capital of Ljubljana, supplements her life as a student with stints as a prostitute (to show how distasteful her job is, the filmmakers have all her clients to be fat and/or old). One of them is a famous politician, and when he dies of a heart attack when he was in a hotel room with her, she flees not before telling the police. She is soon searched by the authorities and by the news media as the mysterious Slovenian Girl. She is also on the run from two sleazy, violent pimps, who want her to work for them instead of independently. A former boyfriend is stalking her also, and her mother back in her hometown doesn't look too happy when she shows up for a visit. Only her rock musician father and a female friend (who are obviously ignorant of her side job) are there supporting her. And all of the time she's having money problems, including coming with money to pay for a loan she incurred in to buy an apartment.

To me the movie works best as a showcase of the general aimlessness of many young people today, especially in the developed world. Without any spiritual or political belief, many young people today seem to fall into nihilism. The main actress is pretty, but it seems to me to be way too surly to be a prostitute. Shouldn't she at least feign she is a sweet girl in front of her clients (this is not a criticism of her acting, she clearly has been told to play her that way by the filmmakers). Alas, this surliness of her makes the audience not care too much of what happens to her. Still, this is an interesting, well made film, though not very emotionally involving.
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on 6 January 2016
This is possibly the best film about prostitution ever made. Sasha is a student who supplements her income by sleeping with strangers for money. Sasha is all business, the sex depicted is about as erotic as checking your online bank account. Sasha is only trying to make a living.

Her one love is her father, and as the story develops there is a growing sympathy for Sasha, and pretty much open contempt for those around her, who are worse than she is.

Sasha is not shown is a sympathetic light. She is a manipulative, lying, money-driven woman, but her approach to life is so deadpan and dolorous it is difficult to dislike her

The film gets five stars because, despite its low budget and potentially salacious subject matter, it is totally character driven, we are drawn in by the fantastic performance of Nina Ivanisin as Sasha, and her relationship with her father. A very good film, and a brutally honest, deadpan depiction of sex for money
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on 15 October 2014
If I have to see her lick one more cigarette...

I can't say that I enjoyed this film, however, I grew to respect it for what it is. I especially applaud the fact that the director resisted the temptation to put any kind of moral or dramatic or epiphany towards the end which most directors do - and a lot of the time looks out of place in context with the rest of the film, This stuck to its realistic and, frankly, depressing, guns.

If ever you wanted a film to reflect a cold reality, then this is the one. It makes me wonder that I'm so used to films having some kind of 'happy ending' or 'moment of change' that when a film does truly resemble the reality of life in some areas, that perhaps I don't watch films for 'art reflecting life' rather to feel good and better about myself.
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on 25 May 2012
Agree with the previous reviewer about the surly call girl . I did not understand why any of the men had any interest in her , she was either looking cross , angry or miserable and her underwear and tights were particulary ugly . This isnt a film about pretty or ugly prostitution rather about a dull student who gets into debt and trouble and then runs home expecting her father to help . I didnt warm to any of the characters and found it all rather tedious as life in slovenia seemed in this film . Not a film of laughs or great warmth . There are better films out there.
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on 18 March 2016
This is a film about an aimless student who has drifted into prostitution, leaving behind a trail of relatives, friends strangers she has deceived and lied to along the way, who finally has to make a decision about her life. Watchable but nothing more
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on 15 February 2015
Didn't quite live up to the hype but an interesting film none the less.
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on 31 December 2014
Not too bad a film but not my kind of film.
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on 3 April 2016
A seriously good film,thoughtfully done and at the same time educational and demonstrating how easily it is to slip down to the life of crime.
Very ,Very Good.
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on 4 March 2015
Enjoyed
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