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Genres: Drama
Actors: Miroslav Caslavka , David Svec , Pavel Skripal , Kostas Zerdolaglu , Miroslav Breu , Jirí Kodes , Karel Polisenský , Richard Toth , Jiri Pachman , Pavel Kocí , Jitka Smutná , Jiri Kaftan , Bretislav Farsky , Michell Turchetti , Tomas Petrak
Director: Wiktor Grodecki
Country: Czech Republic
Year: 1997
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10 (480 votes)

He was 15 – an innocent from a small village, soon to be trapped in the erotic underworld of Prague.

Film Review

Warning: could be spoiler (?).This was quite possibly one of the most depressing movies I have ever seen. Although I wasn’t expecting "Pretty Woman"-like pablum, I certainly wasn’t expecting to have the scenes from, and emotions wreaked by, this film haunt me for days afterward. Everything from the scene with the teen girl prostitutes ("everyone has it") to the statue scene, to the movie scene, to the final shots in the train station platform & bathroom, as well as the loneliness, desperation, fear, resoluteness, madness, cocksuredness, apathy, greed, predation, depravity, futility/ inescapability and helplessness…This movie reminded me of Dawn: Portrait of a teenage runaway and Alexander: the other side of Dawn, and the companion movie, Sarah T.: portrait of a teenage alcoholic (Yay, the movies I remember from childhood…), but was much more graphic and brutal. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your take on it), none of the characters seems to le…

A friend pressed the DVD to this film in my hands and said, "laugh it up! This is an old-time exploitation movie, like ‘Reefer Madness.’" Slogging through the relentlessly depressing story, I have to agree.Blonde boy protagonist leaves his small Czechoslovakian town to become a boy prostitute. Nothing goes right, and he winds up a drug-addled, AIDS-infected suicide in a matter of days! Like the exploitation films of yore, it graphically depicts the Wages of Sin while simultaneously filling the screen with Sin, glorious Sin. It’s too bad it’s such a downer, best viewed in 20-minute increments.

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