Icy and challenging, this portrait of a prostitute trying to change her life is far less flashy than writer-director Lodge Kerrigan's debut, CLEAN, SHAVEN, but it's shattering in its own quiet way. Dublin-born, New York-based Claire (Katrin
Cartlidge) owes a substantial debt to fellow immigrant Roland Cain (Colm Meaney), and is paying it off by working for him as a call girl. Her mother is in an expensive nursing home suffering from a brain tumor, but when she dies Claire sees a chance to break free of Roland's oppressive influence.
She decamps to nearby Newark, NJ, gets a job as a beautician and begins dating lonely cab driver Elton (Vincent D'Onofrio). But Roland...