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Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela (The)

Country: Iceland, Language: English, 80 mins

  • Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
  • Writer: Benedikt Johannesson; Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
  • Producer: Arleen Cuevas; Olaf de Fleur Johannesson

CGiii Comment

The problem with this film is the difficulty in deciphering what is fact or fiction, who is real and who is not...perhaps, that's the point - since some ladyboys seem to dwell in no man's land.

Raquela is a hopeless dreamer - and is rather short on functioning brain cells. The nursing interview will make everyone cringe.

Her stupidity and irresponsibility are staggering - her cutesy manner may seduce some but, hopefully not many.

The hooker-with-a-heart is tiresome.

The stench of exploitation and manipulation by the producers permeates throughout - and it does leave a rather nasty taste in the mouth.

It is a well-made film...but, the constant I want, I want, I want - will get on your nerves in next to no time.


The(ir) Blurb...

Raquela is a transsexual-or "ladyboy"-from the Philippines who dreams of escaping the streets of Cebu City for a fairy tale life in Paris. In order to make her dreams come true, she turns from prostitution toward the more lucrative business of Internet porn. Her success as a porn star brings new friends, including Valerie, a ladyboy in Iceland, and Michael, the owner of the website Raquela works for. Valerie helps Raquela get as far as Iceland. From there, Michael offers her a rendezvous in Paris. Will Paris be everything she dreamed of? And will Michael turn out to be her Prince Charming?

Cast & Characters

Raquela Rios as Herself;
Stefan C. Schaefer as Ardilo, Michael;
Olivia Galudo as Olivia;
Brax Villa as Aubrey;
Valerie Grand Einarsson as Vala Einarsson;
Amor Alingasa as Amor;
Raniel Dave Balasabas as Young Raquela friend;
Ren Christian Balasabas as Young Raqulea;
Margret Eggertsdottir as Horse shepard;
Edith Galudo as Via's Mom;
Marcus Kalberer as Johnny K;
Hronn Kristinsdottir as Woman in Fish Factory;
Luis Labandero as Pimp;
Archie Modequillo as Clerk;
Reynaldo Palatulon as Taxi driver