Movie Details for Quid Pro Quo – June 13 2008

Genres: Thriller Drama
Release Date:
6/13/2008 EXCL. NY/LA
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Production Company: HDNet Films, Sanford/Pillsbury Productions
M.P.A.A Rating: R
Running Time: 82 minutes.


Nick Stahl, Leonardo Nam, Rachel Black, Jessica Hecht, Jacob Pitts, Ashlie Atkinson, Jamie McShane, Pablo Schreiber, Jeane Fournier, Carmela Marner
Phil LaMarr, Matthew Carey, Ben Siegler

Movie Synopsis:

“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 eight, his mother and father died in an automobile accident that 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, the aforementioned Ancient Chinese Girl. Though she is neither ancient nor Chinese, she is nevertheless supremely attractive, and highly intelligent. For reasons she keeps to herself, Fiona guides Isaac to a netherworld of people afflicted with a perverse desire to be disabled.

Seduced by her beauty and intelligence — Isaac is quick to suspect that Fiona herself may be a “wannabe.” When he confronts her, she protests — “I don’t want to be paralyzed, I already am paralyzed. “Isaac realizes he must decipher the puzzle of her fantasy motivations before they manifest into an all-too-real, if not fatal, reality.
Along the way, he navigates a semi-surreal world of talismanic items like an antique Milwaukee Brace, a pair of shoes called “spectators,” and a paralyzing chemical called “Ginger Jake.” Events become increasingly extraordinary as Isaac discovers that Fiona does indeed have a terrible agenda — one that resonates in long buried memories of his own past.

When he finally wakes from this strange dream that is Fiona, she is nowhere to be found. It is clear to Isaac, as he concludes his on-air story, that Fiona has left him with some disturbing questions about what it means to be injured, and what it means to be healed. More importantly she has shown him that perceptions and illusions are sometimes one and the same.

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