CANAL STREET MADAM

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(Cameron Yates, U. S.). 91 min­utes. Rat­ing: This nu­anced film about ex-madam Jeanette Maier, who ran a New Or­leans brothel be­fore it was busted by the FBI, is a com­plex study of the high price of sex work.

Maier de­scribes her low life as an abused child, her high life as a madam, how she ran the brothel with her mother and pimped out her own daugh­ter. Mean­while, her sons, de­prived of proper moth­er­ing, headed straight down the path to crim­i­nal­ity.

What could have been a not very sym­pa­thetic por­trait deep­ens into an anal­y­sis of the hypocrisies be­hind pros­ti­tu­tion. The johns go free, the work­ers go to jail. Once busted, Maier can’t get a le­git­i­mate job be­cause she has a record.

A dev­as­tat­ing se­quence shows her at­tempt to go the public speak­ing route, only to be shouted down by “fans” scream­ing, “Show your tits.”

Ku­dos es­pe­cially for the ge­nius strat­egy of in­cor­po­rat­ing the wire­taps and films taken by the FBI.

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