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QUID PRO QUO
USA: Magnolia Pictures
Cast: Nick Stahl, Vera Farmiga, Aimee Mullins, Rachel Black, Jessica Hecht, Jacob Pitts, Ashlie Atkinson, Pablo Schreiber, Jeane Fournier, Michal Sinnott, Joshua Leonard, Dylan Bruno, Kate Burton, James Frain, Ellen Marlow, Tommy Nelson, For Chan, Ben Siegler, Leonardo Nam, Jamie McShane, Carmela Marner, Phil LaMarr, Matthew Carey
Director: Carlos Brooks
USA: 82 mins
USA Rated: R for some sexuality and language
USA Release Date: 13 June 2008 (Limited Release)
"I don't remember any of what I am about to tell you."
Isaac Knott is a Public Radio reporter in New York City who begins to recount a story about himself on the air. When he was 8 years old, he tragically lost his mother and father in a car accident which also left him in a wheelchair.
Continuing his story, Isaac recounts how he recently received an anonymous tip from someone identified only as "Ancient Chinese Girl." She tells him a perfectly able-bodied man walked into an emergency ward downtown, and attempted to bribe a doctor into amputating his leg.
In the course of his investigation, he meets Fiona, a.k.a. the Ancient Chinese Girl. Though neither ancient nor Chinese, she is stunningly attractive and very intelligent. For reasons she keeps to herself, Fiona guides Isaac to a netherworld of people afflicted with a perverse desire to be disabled.
Attracted by her beauty and intelligence, Isaac suspects that Fiona herself may be a 'wannabe.' When he confronts her, she retorts that she is already paralyzed. Isaac realizes he must unravel the mystery surrounding her fantasy motivations before they manifest into an all-too-real, if not fatal, reality.
As events become increasingly extraordinary, Isaac discovers that Fiona does indeed have a terrible agenda - one that resonates in long buried memories of his own past...