Joy is a Nigerian immigrant working as a prostitute in Vienna, who reluctantly has taken the newest arrival at the brothel, Precious, under her wing. Already stressed by having to support her family back home and paying off her debt to the madame, Joy now has to look out for the new teenage recruit. In her sophomore effort, director Sudabeh Mortezai gives a powerful and personal look at the immigrant experience through the lives of sex workers only recently arrived in Europe, often employing documentary techniques for an intimate portrait of this grim world. Featuring many former sex workers, the non-professional cast gives uniformly strong performances that anchor the story in reality. DIR/SCR Sudabeh Mortezai; PROD Sabine Moser, Oliver Neumann. Austria, 2018, color, 99 min. In English and German with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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