BELLAS DE NOCHE (BEAUTIES OF THE NIGHT)
Director: María José Cuevas
2017 Mexico Spanish, with English subtitles
Documentary feature / 90 minutes
Bedecked in ostrich feathers and sequins, sparkly eyeshadow and scarlet lipstick, these five women were once superstars. They danced, sang, acted played the violin: they were showgirls — and strippers. This moving documentary traces the following decades, as they’ve coped with waning fame and beauty, cancer, and even prison, with help from Botox, prayer and psychics. Now they face age and death with courage, grace and — still — gleaming showbiz smiles.
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