Directed by Carsten Sonder
Unflinching and harshly poetic, Pretty
chronicles a 13 year-old runaway's coming-of-age as a Copenhagen street hustler.
Danish director Carsten Sonder's first feature is a compelling, in-your-face
exploration of innocence plundered and lost.
by his mother, Nick flees his dysfunctional home. Fatherless, he actively seeks out
the companionship of older men. A closeted middle-age astronomer treats Nick kindly
and allows him a place of temporary refuge. Adopted by a band of violent street
finds refuge again - and unexpected first love. Led by an androgynous girl who
masquerades as a boy, Nick and his gang friends engage in vengeful acts of escalating
physical violence leading to a manipulated, tragic and irrevocable gutwrenching
Riveting and unforgettable, Christen Tafdrup's portrayal of the troubled Nick is deft and
multi-layered, a haunting mix of vulnerability and sadistic street smart.Tightly
scripted, crisply edited and exquisitely photographed. Ranks among the most powerful
exploration of teen prostitution ever rendered on film. Viewer desecration is
advised. Contains graphic language, nudity and a mature sexual theme. Danish with English subtitles. Color. 86 minutes.