11 August 2009

Very Young Girls

David Schisgall's startling documentary captures the heartbreaking stories of underage girls -- many as young as 13 -- who've been forced into prostitution in New York, exposing how pimps use isolation, violence and drugs to keep girls dependent. Many of the girls interviewed take part in GEMS, a shelter and mentoring program founded by activist Rachel Lloyd -- once a prostitute herself -- that helps them transition out of "the life."
Not sure I can sum it up any better than that. It's not as depressing as you'd think. Most of these women have "gotten over it." But, to see some of them in transition. Horrifying.

In Bruges

If this movie had been marketing as a dark, moody piece than perhaps I wouldn't have been surprised to find out that it's a weird-exploration of some really dark material. Instead, they tried to spin it as a comedy.

And it's not.

Sadly, I'm not sure what the tone was supposed to be.

The director threw in really gorey stuff from time to time, without measuring that against the actual tone of the rest of the film.

Not sure what else to say about it, beyond that. It's not for everyone. And it's not what you think.