Actor: n/a
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Cult Movies
R     2004     1hr 31min

Venus Castro (Tammy Trull) is a bright, headstrong 15-year-old girl born to an abusive drug addict, now living in foster care in New York City?s Dominican community. Frustrated with school and contemptible of her widowed f...  more »

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Actor: n/a
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Cult Movies
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Family Life, Prison
Studio: Xenon
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/11/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: French, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

A little glimpse of harsh reality
ARLENE PALERMO | Waterbury, CT United States | 05/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I rented this movie yesterday and am now going to purchase it. As a Latina who was a) a runaway, b) a teen mother and c) part of a street gang, all of what goes on in this movie hit me hard. Venus Castro is a 15 year old girl who is having a bad day...actually, just an extension of what has been a bad life. Taken in at the age of nine by her biological father and stepmom, but also as a foster child, her confusing beginning lends to the dissatisfaction she feels with her life. Her stepmother has been good to her, but seemingly always throwing the fact that she has raised another woman's child in Venus' face. Complicating this already twisted family scenario is that when the movie begins, Venus' dad has died only the week before, and her setpmother is actually relieved. Still not giving up on Venus, the two have to try and figure out what kind of relationship they now have. As we enter the movie, Venus is having a bad day. Enticed by street life but knowing little of the realities of it, Venus is torn by wanting to be close to her stepmom but resenting her just the same. Problems at school are thrown into the mix, and Venus seems depressed and confused. Her stepmother goes out on a date with a cop (less than a month after her dad dies) and the stepmother catches Venus playing with an empty gun her little brother brought home, the same day. After that, she is caught by police and arrested because she just happened to be walking in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her stepmother doesn't believe her innocence, and an argument takes place in which the stepmom voices resentments that have probably been building for a very long time. Venus takes to the streets and is confronted by one situation after another, which she is ill equipped to deal with. She makes one bad choice after another. She is raped, and then further victimized by older people around her who can't see past their own selfish needs. The ending of the movie leaves you wondering what Venus will do next. I found this movie to be a powerful, realistic view of the things that can happen, how one bad decision can snowball into a situation that you can't control. I recommend this to parents with teens. The images are harsh and disturbing at times, but in this day and age sometimes the jolt is the difference in the decisions your kids will make. I also think the movie gives a good inside glimpse into the complicated, difficult, but livable dynamics of inner city Hispanic families. The entire movie appears to have been filmed in New York (I could actually pinpoint where they were on several occasions) and the grittiness of the areas Tourists don't actually want to visit makes the movie all the more realistic. The soundtrack is also great. Highly recommended!"