Claire Dolan review

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It may have been written and directed by US indie helmer Lodge Kerrigan (Clean, Shaven), but Claire Dolan feels like a European arthouse movie, right down to its ambiguous ending.

Katrin Cartlidge plays Claire, a callgirl in New York, who is attempting to pay off a debt to her ruthless pimp Roland (an excellent Meaney). But on starting a relationship with the sympathetic Elton (D'Onofrio), she tries to take control of her life... Kerrigan never glamorises the work of a prostitute: rather he captures the mundanities and joylessness of Claire's existence. This is a film less concerned with verbal exchanges than with surfaces and reflections and its trapped characters.

Unfortunately, the spareness of Kerrigan's directorial vision is likely to prove a stumbling block to many cinema-goers.


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