Heroes—Between Day and Night | Chicago Reader

Heroes—Between Day and Night

Cem Madra's 2004 portrait of an Istanbul pimp shows his contradictions, obnoxiousness, and instability: he gets raging drunk yet worships in the mosque, insults his girls and argues with them about money yet has sex with them. He borrows money to go to Russia to try to enlarge his stable but has only limited success. Human trafficking is implicitly compared to a real estate agent's peddling of expensive homes, making a familiar point about capitalism. Better is the way the handheld camera captures the pimp living moment to moment without principles, but spending 101 minutes with him isn't especially pleasant. In Turkish, Russian, and Moldavian with subtitles. 101 min.

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