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Telo bez duse (1996)

Documentary look at doomed male prostitutes in Prague, ages 15 to 18, who troll at the public swimming pool, the train station, a video arcade, and a disco. After the boys talk about how ... See full summary »

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Documentary look at doomed male prostitutes in Prague, ages 15 to 18, who troll at the public swimming pool, the train station, a video arcade, and a disco. After the boys talk about how they got in the game, the camera follows them to the home of Pavel Rousek. Under the name Hans Miller, he makes gay porno videos, primarily for German distribution. Intercut with a movie shoot chez Rousek is an interview that follows him to his day job at a morgue, where he performs an autopsy as he talks about his work. The sex is without protection; the boys are without family. They talk about their bodies and souls, money, their sexual orientation, AIDS, their dreams, and death. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Gloomy, yet apparently realistic overview of young male prostitution
3 August 2015 | by (Estonia/Tallinn) – See all my reviews

Generally, I am not into documentaries, not against them, really, but I choose to follow the topics that a) I like and know b) are totally unknown to me. Telo bez duse falls into the latter category as I have never been even approached by a man offering to sell himself, but several awards and accolades promised to obtain a thorough picture of what was going on in a 1990ies post-socialist country.

And yes, I am generally satisfied with the result, although the thoughts and comprehensions of the boys are more profound and versatile than those of the man who irresponsibly and stonily victimised the boys who were even often neither gays nor bisexuals... Thus, there is even no frivolous glamour, but real lowlife, lots of violence, drugs, abuse, poverty, diseases. The filmmaker's daily employment in performing autopsies provides the film with macabre undertones, as in other circumstances, his thoughts and actions would be just odd and sometimes darkly humorous, but as for his "creations" with underage hetero boys (being a family man with children!), he is just plain and loathsome.

The film in question could also be a warning film for teens who sometimes think that prostitution is a quick money and plentiful entertainment.


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