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Prostitute ghosts! Who would have thought?! Yet these sex-selling specters are ripe with spooky charm and certainly are adept at going "bump" in the night. I think it helps that the ones in BROTHEL are from the past rather than today. It lends the film an artsy aura that is thankfully short on cheese. I respected that mature nature being shown (beyond the fact that the there's clearly a fair share of fornication going on).
Another cool aspect of these ghostly ho's was that writer/director, Amy Waddell, fashioned them with sharp tongues (in a figurative sense), which led to some pretty humorous anecdotes. I definitely wasn't expecting to chuckle so much during the proceedings, but it was a welcome antidote to some of the heavier goings-on in the story. There is no confusion as to whether or not Julianne is talking to and seeing ghosts, which was refreshing. I also liked how the apparition-like presences didn't even seem to faze her. It was kind of like a twisted version of THE SIXTH SENSE.
The only thing that kind of got to me was the off-the-wall overload of visuals and plot points that sometimes came at you out of nowhere. I figured that it was all building to some sort of grand explanation, but there just seemed to be a whole lot of extra information that I had to keep track of and it didn't all fit together organically. In fact, I'm still not entirely sure where all of the proceedings were going. The extreme lack of action and suspense during the final chapter didn't help much either. Sadly, the flick kind of just ends and I thought these ho's deserved better. At least all the performances were very good.
Audio English dolby digital.
A nicely paced Behind the Scenes featurette.
The film's trailer.