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3 Needles (2006)

3 Needles

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

December 01, 2006 (Limited)

Studio

Wolfe Releasing

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Thom Fitzgerald

Producer

Thom Fitzgerald, Bryan Hofbauer

Screenwriter

Thom Fitzgerald

Starring

Story


In South Africa, Clara is a Novice in the order of the Mission for the Propagation of the Faithful. Living among the tribes on the Wild Coast, her mission is to convert the rapidly dying Africans to Catholicism before it's too late, urging the dying to accept Jesus. Naive and optimistic, Clara strays from her mission and becomes embroiled in a futile struggle to help a family of orphans. When one of her charges is raped as part of folk cure, she makes a bargain with Mr. Hallyday, a wealthy Afrikaans plantation owner, which aids the children but risks her own salvation.

In China, When Jin Ping sets up her mobile blood collection service in the tiny village of Tonghu, the local peasants rejoice and prosper. When one farmer, Tong Sam, is barred from selling his blood because he has the flu, he lies about his daughter's age so she can sell blood twice a month in his stead. Sam uses the money to improve his humble farm but by the time his abundant crop is ready for harvest, his wife and daughter are both mysteriously dead. Sam sets out on a journey across the province to find out why. He returns to find his entire village overwhelmed by disease, and Jin Ping's blood collection business disappeared into thin air.

In Canada, Denys is a second rate porn actor who passes his monthly blood tests by stealing samples from his geriatric father. When Denys gets caught, his poverty-stricken family is thrown into turmoil. Facing the prospect of long-term care for her son, his weary waitress mother Olive hatches a fraud scheme to exploit her son's illness and wind up with millions.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..ambitious but hopelessly inchoate AIDS drama..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
“..a disjointed humanitarian enterprise, not merely among its three acts but within the acts themselves..”
by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
“..There are moments of sheer brilliance, but it's far too self-important and, ultimately, contrived..”
by Rich Cline [Shadows on the Wall]