Directed by Lodge Kerrigan
USA / France 1998

 

  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?

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This production has a lot going for it. An English language film, set in New York/New Jersey, but it has decidedly European influences. The subject matter is very dour and the plot simple - there are gratuitous sex scenes....the films conclusion is precise and abrupt unlike Hollywood's over played-out dramas. I'm extremely impressed with Kerrigan's direction and Katrin Cartlidge's acting and stoic demeanor. It is a film focusing on the monetary exchanges of human interaction - unfortunately it holds many truisms. It thoughtfully lingered on me for days after my first viewing. I'm anxious to see much more or Kerrigan's work and the rest of Cartlidge's performances before her untimely death in 2002. We strongly recommend the film.

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: May 1998 - Cannes Film Festival

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DVD Review: New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC

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The New Yorker transfer appears to be taken from the MK2 (French) release that has a 5.0 English (original) audio track.

Runtime 1:34:45 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.3 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
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Studio: New Yorker Video

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Audio introduction by Kent Jones (Associate Director of Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York)
• Theatrical Trailer
• Liner notes booklet containing interview with actress Katrin Cartlidge and an essay by VILLAGE VOICE film critic Michael Atkinson

DVD Release Date: February 21st, 2006

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Firstly, this DVD looks quite acceptable on the 27" tube that I viewed it on. Only under the microscope of pure digital analysis could we determine that it is an unconverted PAL transfer. Saying that though - it seemed less pronounced than I have seen before. This is superior to the typical New Yorker package - although the image suffers a bit and there are no optional English subtitles. Still, the Kent Jones intro (which may be best suited for the conclusion of viewing) is excellent as are the included liner notes. There are both positives and negatives but overall - we endorse the film itself. For those more demanding of a technically fault-less transfer they may wish to consider the MK2 version (linked above). I think I may pick it up as well.  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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