QUID PRO QUO: DVD
New York radio reporter Isaac Knott (Nick Stahl) is commissioned by his producer, Edie (Jessica Hecht) to investigate a man who offered a doctor $250,000 to remove one of his legs. He assumes that he's been assigned due to his own handicap, as a childhood car accident killed his parents and left him wheel-chair bound. However, as Isaac delves deeper, he meets Fiona (Vera Farmiga), a self-confessed 'wannabe' paralytic whose antics in the bedroom leave Isaac with a very new perspective on the mystery, life and truth about his own paralysis.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
"I'm already paralysed . . . I'm just trapped in a walking person's body." A strange new American dream ... Strikingly original and spectacularly twisted, Quid Pro Quo is a gem. Two outstanding performances from Nick Stahl and Vera Farmiga provide riveting viewing as the screenplay dives deeper and deeper into the human psyche. But Carlos Brooks keeps a light touch and dark humour helps grease the underlying trauma that propels the dramatic structure.
What begins as a radio news feature investigation soon detours into the dark and mysterious subculture in which 'wannabes', people who wish to be wheelchair bound, meet in secret and like some AA group, share their confusing condition. But then the story twists yet again as Isaac's story source turns up and confesses to be a 'wannabe' herself. She is AB (Able Bodied) - in fact she's HAB (Hot Able Bodied) but she harbours a demon that once exposed, changes Isaac's life - yet again.
Taut direction and excellent dialogue help make the film compelling and satisfying; it was a major hit at Sundance, and no wonder.
Published October 23, 2008
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QUID PRO QUO: DVD (M)
CAST: Nick Stahl, Vera Farmiga, Rachel Black, Jessica Hecht, Jacob Pitts, Ashley Atkinson, Jeane Fourneier, Aimee Mullens
PRODUCER: Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford
DIRECTOR: Carlos Brooks
SCRIPT: Carlos Brooks
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Michael McDonough
EDITOR: Charles Irelan, Lauren Zuckerman
MUSIC: Mark Mothersbaugh
RUNNING TIME: 82 minutes
PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 2.0
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Beyond HE
DVD RELEASE: October 15, 2008
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