By Scott Brown
Updated January 12, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Movie prostitutes are often a mere adjunct to the male protagonist’s self-discovery; but in this chilly tale of a haunted, hunted call girl (Cartlidge) and her attempts to extricate herself from systemic evil (aptly personified by Colm Meaney), the psychology of a wary, tormented human commodity takes center stage. Cartlidge’s suffering eyes, staring over the heaving shoulders of her johns, speak volumes about a world where protocol conceals savagery and ”I’m all right” means you’re anything but. B+

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