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Claire Dolan


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Product Description

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

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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BVM1UA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,665 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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