Quid Pro Quo (I) (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  20 January 2008 (USA)
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A semi-paralyzed radio reporter is sent out to investigate a story that leads him into an odd subculture and on a journey of disturbing self-realization.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janice Musslewhite
Man on Sidewalk
Charlene Coke
Carmela Marner ...
A Female Wannabe
Wannabe Group Leader
A Male Wannabe
Man with Trachea Tube
Isaac's Mom
Isaac's Dad


Isaac Knott is a public radio reporter in New York, in a wheelchair since an auto accident in which his parents died. He's on the rebound from a relationship when he gets a tip about people who want to be disabled, who offer money to interns to cut off a limb. He searches out a group of these wannabes, but none will talk to him. Then he meets his tipster, Fiona Ankany, an art conservator, attractive and attracted to him. She discloses her desire to be disabled, to be in a wheelchair. Meanwhile, Isaac tries on a pair of wing-tips, spectators, that restore feeling to his feet. What are the connections? What's Fiona's quid pro quo? Will Isaac get his story? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A strange new American dream.


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20 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Valamit, valamiért  »

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$7,395 (USA) (13 June 2008)


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Isaac: I don't remember *any* of what I'm about to tell you. I only know what the police and coroner's report said. But on the morning of April 5th, 1989, a high-speed car crash occurred, on a rural highway in upstate New York. There were 2 fatalities: my mother died on impact, my father died of hemorrhaging from a torn pulmonary vein and massive internal injuries. I'm listed as a male survivor, approximately 8 years of age. We were going down a road. Nobody had said much of anything yet....
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Paralyzed Nick Stahl meets wannabe paralyzed Vera Famiga
4 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Quid Pro Quo" is a low-key drama that seems to be about an oddball psychological phenomenon, which is that some people want to be paralyzed and/or confined to wheelchairs. That's the frame of the story, raising questions about why people might want this generally. That's the hook by which a writer, Nick Stahl, who is in a wheelchair due to a childhood car accident, comes to meet Vera Famiga, who wants to be in a wheelchair. The real story is something else, however. It has to do with Stahl and Famiga personally. It has to do with their relationship, why he's in a wheelchair and why she wants to be and has come to him in particular.

The film has good performances. Famiga has the opportunity here to play a very nervous and tentative woman, with a domineering mother, who has a strange obsession. She's insecure because she knows she's going to meet with disapproval, and she doesn't want to be regarded as a freak. Stahl is composed and non-judgmental, but he has a very hard time understanding this phenomenon and Famiga in particular.

Stahl narrates and the film is along neo-noir lines in its exploration of unusual human psychology with Stahl a kind of detective, but it's more drama than noir. The general tone is subdued and not heightened drama. It's rather tentative but that befits the tentative nature of Famiga's exploration and her insecurity.

The movie, objectively, is about average. The IMDb rating is about right at 6.3. Personally, I felt the film was missing something and lacked spark. It was hard to enjoy it.

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