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Claire Dolan is an Irish immigrant, working as a Manhattan call girl, paying off a debt she owes her pimp, Roland Cain. She's almost without affect, much like the sterile, glass-and-concrete high-rises where she lives and works. Violence lurks just below the surface. Cain can be menacing as are men who approach her. When her mother dies, Claire tries to escape the life, moving to Newark, visiting a cousin, working as a manicurist, realizing that she wants to have a baby, and going out a couple of times with a cabby. But Cain finds her and insists on payment, so she returns to Manhattan. The cabby wants to help: can Claire leave prostitution and find happiness in motherhood? Written by
Claire Dolan (Katrin Cartlidge) is a prostitute. Like many of them, she really doesn't like sex at all, or even most men, and sees it as a job. She's in debt to her pimp, Roland Cain (Colm Meaney) after he helps pay the medical bills of Claire's dying mother. When her mother passes on, Claire runs off and starts working in a salon, and meets a nice cabby named Elton (Vincent D'Onofrio). But Cain finds her, and he wants his money.
Lodge H. Kerrigan has not directed many films, but if they are as good as this one, I would like to see them. He captures how sterile the sex Claire has is, and shows how she really doesn't enjoy it. I was a bit shocked by how many of the men spoke to Claire. I was taught not to talk to women that way, but then again, guys going to prostitutes probably aren't exactly classy people anyway. Kerrigan does great work with reflections throughout this film, and the ending with Roland and Elton talking on the street gives closure in it's own way.
The acting was awesome. I didn't know Kartlidge could be so prickly, and I would never have imagined Meaney playing a guy who could yell like that. D'Onofrio is a good actor who wasn't given much to work with, although in his last scene with Claire he is far more disturbing than I think any other actor could be, which was what Kerrigan needed. Good, but not for the squeamish, as the movie is about a prostitute and is graphic.
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