2008   USA Quid Pro Quo
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Director:Carlos Brooks
Studio:HDNet Films
Writer:Carlos Brooks
IMDb Rating:6.1 (1,478 votes)
Genre:Drama, Thriller
Duration:82 min
Carlos Brooks  ...  (Director)
Carlos Brooks  ...  (Writer)
Nick Stahl  ...  Isaac Knott
Vera Farmiga  ...  Fiona
Rachel Black  ...  Janice Musslewhite
Jessica Hecht  ...  Edie
Jacob Pitts  ...  Hugh
Ashlie Atkinson  ...  Candy
Jamie McShane  ...  Man on Sidewalk
Pablo Schreiber  ...  Brooster
Jeane Fournier  ...  Charlene Coke
Carmela Marner  ...  A Female Wannabe
Phil LaMarr  ...  Wannabe Group Leader
Matthew Carey  ...  A Male Wannabe
Ben Siegler  ...  Man with Trachea Tube
Michal Sinnott  ...  Isaac's Mom
Joshua Leonard  ...  Isaac's Dad
Mark Mothersbaugh  ...  Composer
Michael McDonough  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: This is an uncomfortably good film but wraps up a little too nicely in conclusion. All the gutsiness of the first two acts get cashed in at the end. Vera Farmiga is fantastic as the enigmatic Fiona, a woman who longs confinement to a wheelchair. It's hard to tell what she might do from one second to the next she's so edgy weird, and her performance plays well inside the film's cinematically untapped world of paraplegic wannabes. For the Cronenberg's Crash-challenged.

Summary: A man who can't walk meets a woman who envies his condition in this offbeat black comedy. Isaac Knott (Nick Stahl) lost the use of his legs when he was eight years old in an auto accident that also claimed the lives of his parents. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Isaac has enjoyed a successful career as the host of a talk show on a New York City public radio outlet. One day, Isaac is told an odd story about a man who arrived at a local hospital and demanded to have his legs amputated; the man was part of a secret subculture of able-bodied folks who wish to be paraplegics, using wheelchairs when they can and attempting to deaden their legs through artificial means. Isaac becomes fascinated with the idea of these wannabes, and begins studying the phenomenon for a piece on his show. Isaac's research leads him to Fiona (Vera Farmiga), a sexy but mysterious blonde who collects and restores Chinese art. Fiona is also the owner of a wheelchair she doesn't really need, and Isaac, who is increasingly attracted to her, wants to know all about her role in the fake-paraplegic underground. However, Fiona isn't about to give away any of her secrets for free, and Isaac discovers that the exchange of information and trust goes deeper the longer they know one another. The first feature film from writer and director Carlos Brooks, Quid Pro Quo received its premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

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