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3 Needles (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 December 2006 (Singapore)
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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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Thom Fitzgerald

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Thom Fitzgerald
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mabel Adams Mabel Adams ... Nahmnru, the African Grandmother
Asckt Asckt ... Tea Picker
Shawn Ashmore ... Denys, the Porn Actor
Caroline Aspirot Caroline Aspirot ... Stripper
Nontombi Bovana Nontombi Bovana ... Grandchild
Rob Burns Rob Burns ... Broker
Stockard Channing ... Olive Cowie, the Porn Actor's Mother
Chin Han ... Soldier Xuan
Tanabadee Chokpikultong Tanabadee Chokpikultong ... Tong Sam, the Rice Farmer
Yotaka Cheukaew Yotaka Cheukaew ... Qi, the Rice Farmer's Daughter (as Yotaka Chorkreaw)
Eric Codana Eric Codana ... Abakeweta
Catherine Colvey ... Clara the Novice's Mother (scenes deleted)
Kathryn Costello Kathryn Costello ... Tourist
Steven Crowder ... Depanneur Manager
Douglas Cwaba Douglas Cwaba ... Hermit
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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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Three Continents. Three Stories. One Unforgettable Experience. See more »

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Canada | USA

Language:

Afrikaans | Mandarin | Xhosa | French | English

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Needles See more »

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Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 3,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Many of the Pondo and Xhosi people in the cast had never seen a movie in their lives. See more »

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Beautiful but feels too long
11 November 2006 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about 3 groups of people in three different continents having to do different things in reaction to the spread of the HIV virus.

This film shows excellent cinematography throughout. It shows a lot of beautiful scenery, such as breathtaking waterfalls, beautiful sunsets, new moons etc. The film is already worth watching just for the natural scenery! The 3 stories are spliced into one another, making it difficult to follow at times. It does show many disturbing images, both visually and metaphorically. It examines moral dilemmas and the evil side of humanity, especially in the latter half of the movie.

In summary, the film is enjoyable, but it sometimes feels too long.


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