3 Needles

on December 01, 2006 by Susan Green
In "3 Needles," a trio of stories about the HIV/AIDS crisis, Canadian writer/director Thom Fitzgerald traverses the world and finds trouble. Chloe Sevigny is highly effective as a novice in an expedition of nuns who must use unorthodox, perhaps even sinful methods to help impoverished children in a remote African outpost. Also gripping is Lucy Liu as a pregnant woman in the forlorn reaches of rural China, where her scheme of buying blood on the cheap from naive villagers backfires. The weakest segment, set in Montreal, centers on a mother (Stockard Channing, with a questionable Quebecois accent) who'll do anything to save her porn star son (Shawn Ashmore) from himself.

The virus knows no boundaries, and chaos easily overcomes social order. With breathtaking cinematography by Thomas M. Harting, Fitzgerald's take on this dilemma does not offer much hope. Starring Chloe Sevigny, Lucy Liu, Stockard Channing, Sandra Oh, Olympia Dukakis, Shawn Ashmore and Tanabadee Chokpikutong. Directed and written by Thom Fitzgerald. Produced by Bryan Hofbauer and Thom Fitzgerald. A Wolfe release. English-, French-, Xhosa-, Afrikaans- and Mandarin-language; subtitled. Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 120 min..

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