British director Beeban Kidron presents her startling documentary of New York’s vast and thriving sexual marketplace. Forfeiting any sugar-coated treatment of her subject matter the camera (at times hidden) follows Manhattan’s gentlemen and ladies of the night from luxury suite, to dominatrix parlour and the bowels of the Holland tunnel. Vibrant and wickedly humorous characters fill the screen. There is music student Janet who funds her college studies with her extra-curricular activities. Then there are pimp partners Junior and Michael pipped at the post by the logistical nightmare of organising their brothel – wrong-sized beds, broken taps, etc. But behind every witty quip, uncomfortably familiar stories are being told about normal people being woven into the fabric of America’s ever-hungry sex industry, with or without their consent.
via Real Stories
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