Girltalk (1987)

Genres - History  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Three girls who are living very precariously in the Boston area are followed in this documentary. Mars ran away from home when she was thirteen, now makes her living as a stripper in the famous "Combat Zone," and has found a family for herself (of sorts) among the patrons, bartenders and other strippers of the district. Pinky is just fourteen and hates school, skipping it whenever she can. However, she must be fast on her feet to outwit the social workers who want to place her in a (strict) foster home. Martha is about to become a single mother, but of all the girls, she is the only one showing any willingness to take responsibility for herself and her problems. Reviewers complained about the length of this documentary (eighty-four minutes) and, paradoxically, also complained that certain crucial information got left out.

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homelessness, prostitute/prostitution, teenagers