Quid Pro Quo
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The movie is surprisingly good. The end is totally not predictable and jaw dropping. The acting as far as Vera Farmiga is concerned is outstanding. Nick Stahl is OK, not very convincing as a paraplegic.
Briefly, Isaac, a journalist is a paraplegic that was in a car accident when he was young and his parents died. Somebody sends him messages about a group of people that pretend being paraplegic. After several emails, he meets the person (Fiona) and there is a little bit of a love story for a while. The bizarre turning point of the movie is when he buys a pair of shoes that allows him to walk again. At first it looks out of place but...I will stop here! I don't want to give more of the movie up. Just remember, it is not a science fiction movie.
At the very end of the movie we understand what is going on and the reason that both Fiona and Isaac feel bad in their life and what kind of baggage they are carrying. Highly recommended if you like to be surprised at the very end of a movie! Five stars all around for a very interesting movie.
Just a note to the person who cut several scenes shown under deleted scenes. Huge mistake! All deleted scenes belong in the movie. Why taking them out?
Pretty early on in this mildly-disturbing film, I started thinking about why a parapalegic would take offense if a non-disabled person wanted to become wheelchair bound. It didn't take long to think about this, and I came up with the following most-likely truth: the able-bodied person is trivializing the struggles that the parapalegic endures by thinking this way. If the parapalegic could have his way, he'd be out of that wheelchair faster than you can say, "Lickety split."
And this is the psychological setup for the film "Quid Pro Quo," at least for the audience, or at least for me. I have heard about actual people who want to become disabled for no apparent reason. For real, there was this guy who went to the doctor to ask to have one of his legs removed, below the knee, and there was nothing wrong with the patient's leg. The doctor correctly refused. Later, the patient wanted it gone so bad he put his foot in a bucket of dry ice, and gangrene set it. The doctor then had no choice but to remove it. The patient got his way, I suppose.
But this film has another possible theme going on. Is it possible that one person could start walking if another person lost the ability to walk? And would it be fair play if someone that did someone else harm receive a similar punishment? Would it make everything "square?"
This film is surely not for everyone; some people will undoubtedly be turned off or offended I suppose. But very nice performances by the leads leads us to a pretty thought-provoking film. And a fairly strong recommendation by me.
Give it a shot...you won't regret it.
Carlos Brooks makes an impressive debut as both writer and director of this little independent film QUID PRO QUO, a story that may make some viewers uncomfortable because of the subject matter, but an intelligent investigation of a subculture unknown to most and a script that leads to a surprising ending - if the viewer keeps thinking after the rolling credits are over!
Isaac (Nick Stahl) is a reporter for a small radio station, a role that gives him the opportunity to uncover novel human interest stories for his audience. Interestingly, Isaac is a paraplegic, confined to a wheelchair since age 8 when he was the survivor of a car crash that killed both his parents. He has full function of most of his body, but cannot walk. Isaac receives an email from one 'Ancient Chinese Girl' that contains a message about a person who convinced a doctor to amputate a normal leg. Isaac is fascinated and sets out to investigate the story and eventually discovers the source of the email - one young and very beautiful Fiona (Vera Farmiga) - who introduces him to a subculture of people who want to be wheelchair bound: in a group meeting Isaac hears strange stories from a disparate group of people who meet to discuss their obsession with being paralyzed, their chance to be noticed and cared about as quasi-invalids who would go so far as having an amputation of a normal limb to enable their wheelchair dreams.
Isaac soon discovers that Fiona shares this obsession, demonstrates her secrets to Isaac, and the two begin to bond physically and emotionally.Read more ›
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