Not angels, but angels – (Czech Republic, 1994)


MV5BMTU2MDUyNDUxOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDA4MTcyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_AL_The film NEM ANGYALOK, DE ANGYALOK (Not Angels, But Angels) is a 1994 documentary about young men in Prague working as prostitutes. The creator of the documentary, Wiktor Grodecki interviews the men, some of whom are underage, to find out more about their lives and how they came to be making a living by selling sex. The film also explores the hopes and fears of the young men, what they hope to be doing in the future, and coping with the possibility of being infected with HIV.

The film is so matter-of-fact that it’s almost hard to watch–this is normal life for them all. As the film progresses, it becomes clear firstly how their innocence has been stolen from them by desperation, and also how little they know of the realities of the lifestyle they’re trapped in. ”

Storyline

Interviews with a procurer and with nineteen boys and young men who are prostitutes in Prague. The youths range in age from 14 to 19. They hustle at the central train station and at clubs. Most of their clients are foreign tourists, many are German. The youths talk about why they hustle, their first trick, prices, dangers, what they know about AIDS, their fears (disease and loneliness), and how they imagine their futures. The film’s title, its liturgical score, much of it elegiac, and shots of the city’s statues of angels underline the vulnerability and callow lack of sophistication of the young men

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