3 Needles (2005)

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A three-paneled look at the worldwide AIDS crisis: in Montreal, a porn actor (Ashmore) schemes to pass his mandatory blood test; a young nun (Sevigny) makes a personal sacrifice for the benefit of a South African village; in rural China, a black market operative (Liu) posing as a goverment-sanctioned blood drawer jeopardizes an entire village's safety.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mabel Adams ...
Nahmnru, the African Grandmother
Asckt ...
Tea Picker
Denys, the Porn Actor
Caroline Aspirot ...
Nontombi Bovana ...
Rob Burns ...
Olive Cowie, the Porn Actor's Mother
Soldier Xuan
Tanabadee Chokpikultong ...
Tong Sam, the Rice Farmer
Yotaka Cheukaew ...
Qi, the Rice Farmer's Daughter (as Yotaka Chorkreaw)
Eric Codana ...
Catherine Colvey ...
Clara the Novice's Mother (scenes deleted)
Kathryn Costello ...
Depanneur Manager
Douglas Cwaba ...


Sister Hilde narrates three separates stories, each directly concerning the AIDS crisis. From a Montréal based order, Sister Hilde, Sister Mary and Clara, a novice, have just arrived in Africa to work as nurses in a plantation's medical center. They learn that legend there has it that having sex with a virgin will transfer infection out from oneself. Because of this legend, an infant girl is raped. Clara, who also learns the main cause of the virus' spread within the plantation, does whatever she can to ensure that Hallyday, the plantation owner, flexes his economic power to right the wrongs on the plantation. Back in Montréal, a porn actor named Denys has been cheating on his mandatory monthly HIV tests, using his father's blood to pass as his own. As he believes he has been exposed to the virus, the negative results will allow him to continue working. When he is caught, his mother, Olive, learns the hard way of her son's true HIV status and his occupation, and devises a strategy for... Written by Huggo

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Over twenty crew members including producer Bryan Hofbauer and cinematographer Tom Harting were afflicted with South African Tick Bite Fever while shooting on location. See more »


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wonderful but harrowing
7 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time - but also one of the most harrowing and thought provoking. There are images from the film that will stay with me for a very long time. Uncomfortable viewing at times, but rewarding and some excellent and Oscar worthy performances - although I doubt it will puncture the consciousness of the Oscar voting brigade. the cast is wonderful, and the performances all the more powerful for being understated. The cinematography is amazing at times - and there are certain images that will stick with you long after you leave the movie. But be warned - this is not a light movie, it moves you to despair, challenges you, and in my own experience gives you nightmares. having said all that I am glad I saw it and would recommend it to you all

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