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- Audio introduction by Kent Jones (Associate Director of Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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was edited this is fine for a child was very dissatisfied won't be doing business with you in the futurePublished on March 1, 2014 by Benjamin J. Bell
The reviews on this film are very generous, in my opinion. If this is what passes for art these days, cinema in general is in trouble. In the U.S., it's practically dead anyway. Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by M. Jensen
Vinny D'Onofrio fans: watch this film. You know he acts in this film in his own intense way, and how we love his style..... Read morePublished on October 20, 2009 by Diane
I did enjoy this movie Vincent D Onofrio was excellent as well as the actress, i knew it would not have a happy ending but i really wish they could stayed together! Read morePublished on July 11, 2009 by Sara Byrd
quick review: single in New York, struggling to pay a debt, Claire is forced into escorting to pay off her debt. Along the way she falls for a cabbie driver. Read morePublished on June 7, 2009 by James C. Ward
The tag for this movie could easily be - people suck so don't bother trying to form a relationship with anyone. The director portrayed a dark and stark look at human relationships. Read morePublished on July 21, 2008 by Margaux Paschke
You would think that from some of the reviews of this film, that it is one of the great movies of all time - a classic. And I can see how some people could see that. Read morePublished on July 5, 2008 by bandazar
We open on images of urban architecture. Skyscrapers, high-rise apartments, covered in opaque glass and shot at angles that serve less to show us what lies inside these buildings... Read morePublished on January 17, 2007 by Kevin W. Koehler
I found Claire Dolan to be a bleak, sad and depressing portrayal of a woman trying to earn money to may off a debt by selling herself to wealthy business men. Read morePublished on February 23, 2006 by SnowBelted