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Claire Dolan

3.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Electrifying indie auteur Lodge Kerrigan, following up his cult ordeal Clean, Shaven, explores the desolate existence and paranoid perspective of a woman lost in a tangle of high-end prostitution and urban anxiety. Claire Dolan (Katrin Cartlidge, Naked, Breaking the Waves), an Irish immigrant in Manhattan, pays off her debt to a formidable gangster/pimp (Colm Meaney, The Snapper, Layer Cake) by submitting herself, as a call girl, to the whims of anonymous businessmen. Craving an ordinary existence and living in cold dread of losing her sense of self, Claire attempts to bond with a quietly troubled cab driver (Vincent D'Onofrio, Full Metal Jacket, Ed Wood) and remake her life. Both a dramatic exploration of exploitation and a psychological portrait of modern womanhood adrift in a world of violation and rootlessness, and filmed by Kerrigan with a poet's awareness of detail, Claire Dolan stands as one of the 1990s' most significant and affecting works of cinema.

A bittersweet film about an Irish immigrant working as a mid-level prostitute in Manhattan, Claire Dolan tells a darkly intriguing story that is less about sex than trying to attain love. Dolan--portrayed with subtle melancholy by Katrin Cartlidge (who died in 2002 from complications of pneumonia and blood poisoning)--is too pragmatic to think she could ever fall in love with one of her clients. They are merely business transactions. What she wants is to have the unconditional love of having her own baby. When she meets a quiet cabbie (Vincent D'Onofrio), it's apparent that despite what they say to each other, their troubled relationship is based on desperation, not love. Director Lodge Kerrigan offers sparing insight into Dolan's past, just enough to make you concerned about her uncertain future. He doesn't try to make the characters understand whether they can accept each other, and he vehemently refuses to reassure his audience that everything will be all right. For moviegoers who have been conditioned by happy Hollywood endings, this can be a little unsettling. But that uncertainty--as in real life--is part of the beauty of this understated drama. --Jae-Ha Kim

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Katrin Cartlidge, Colm Meaney, Vincent D'Onofrio
  • Directors: Lodge Kerrigan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BVM1UA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,366 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Claire Dolan" on IMDb

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By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 19, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
For those of you who have seen this and are looking for a message, I can say that the brutal facts of life, that is to say, an animal existence, will out. Whether we are talking about sexual desire and sexual release, or about reproduction--especially that--it is the fundamental animal drives that control our lives and dictate our actions.

This movie offers nothing beyond that, and it shouldn't. It is perfect as it is. There is no phony sentimentality to entice us to delusion, or any sort of Hollywood ending. There is no redemption here. There is no spirituality. There is only desire and fulfillment; desire and frustration; desire and the end of desire which comes with... The movie doesn't say.

I don't know if this makes my top ten of the nineties--I have seen a lot of movies--but it makes my most memorable. I will not forget this stark performance by Katrin Cartlidge, who plays Claire Dolan. She does not have the charisma of a great actress, and the range of what is required here is limited, but within that range she is stunning. A good part of the credit surely goes to director Lodge Kerrigan, who emphasizes the tight, washed out lines of desperation on her face, along with her intense sexual desire and the stark, rapacious environment of the urban jungle in which she plies her trade. This is a movie that might well be viewed following Pretty Woman (1990). I wonder how many people who allowed themselves to identify with Julia Roberts as a whore, would like to identify with the high class prostitute of this film. Could they even watch it?

I was mesmerized by the sharp cuts and the film verité editing, the effective use of line and shadow, sound and silence, the clean, focused camera work.
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To my surprise, upon viewing this movie, I discovered that it is a love story...albeit dark, depressing love story with little if any light at the end of the tunnel. Claire Dolan (the late Katrin Cartlidge) is a high priced prostitute working to pay off her pimp. She tries to escape from New York to a town in New Jersey to live a legitimate life as a hairstylist. Believing she's being followed one night, she hits on Elton (Vincent D'Onofrio) in a bar in order to obtain protection. However, as she slow dances with him, she becomes less fixated on watching for enemies and surrenders to the romantic moment.
Eventually she's sucked back into life as a prostitute but Elton sticks with her. Their sexual relationship starts out rather stiff and impersonal but gradually becomes more passionate as she comes to trust him, and he becomes increasingly obsessed with her and with trying to understand her sordid life. Meanwhile Claire's evil pimp (the fine Irish actor Colm Meaney, the only upbeat character in this film) isn't happy about her love affair and does what he can to interfere by playing Claire and Elton against one another.
Most of the sex in this film is cold, but there are two tender, passionate love scenes between the Claire and Elton which caused me to root for them as a couple. On the other hand, be warned that there is a scene between them toward the end which is a bit hairy. This film is definitely not for kids under 17.
"Claire Dolan" isn't a great movie as it is overly artsy, complete with perpetually frowning actors and monosyllabic dialogue. I found it rather hard to believe that businessmen would pay hundreds of dollars to sleep with Claire, who is so grim, pale and waifish that she seems better suited to a gothic film than an erotic drama.
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CLAIRE DOLAN is an exquisitely rendered exploration of anomie in modern American culture. Claire Dolan is a prostitute in debt to a pitiless pimp/businessman, Roland Cain. The viewer is not informed about the genesis of their relationship, nor how Claire's debt was incurred. One may infer that it is long standing, perhaps since Claire was only 12 years old, and that it is linked to her mother, whose death early in the film prompts Claire to bolt from Manhattan and attempt to establish herself in a Roland-free life. She discovers, at last, one thing she can trust: Roland's ability to find her and poison her existence.

Enough cannot be said about Katrin Cartlidge's remarkable performance in this film. She projects unbearably contained misery. Just as commanding is Colm Meany as Roland, surprisingly convincing as her falsely amiable nemesis. Rubbing up against them is a sad-eyed Vincent D'Onofrio, who provides an astute low-key beautifully wrought contribution as Claire's taxi driving boyfriend, Elton.

The world these people inhabit is a world that is unyielding in its suffocating coldness. No one offers sympathy, hope, warmth or succor. Claire knows that she has only herself to rely upon, but makes persistent heartbreaking tiny attempts to connect with others on a more human level.

She makes a comment to a mother about her baby's beauty, and the mother gathers her other child and leaves the playground. "I buried my mother today," Claire tells a stranger at a newspaper kiosk. The woman she confides in looks askance and hurries away. During her ill-fated attempt to flee from Roland, she gets a cat. When Roland finds Claire, he kills the cat.
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