Quid Pro Quo

Quid Pro Quo

Director: Carlos Brooks Cast: Nick Stahl, Vera Farmiga, Jacob Pitts

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A man who can't walk meets a woman who envies his condition in this offbeat black comedy. Isaac Knott (Nick Stahl) lost the use of his legs when he was eight years old in an auto accident that also claimed the lives of his parents. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Isaac has enjoyed a successful career as the host of a talk show on a New York City public radio outlet. One day, Isaac is told an odd story about a man who arrived at a local hospital and demanded to have his legs amputated; the man was part of a secret subculture of able-bodied folks who wish to be paraplegics, using wheelchairs when they can and attempting to deaden their legs through artificial means. Isaac becomes fascinated with the idea of these wannabes, and begins studying the phenomenon for a piece on his show. Isaac's research leads him to Fiona (Vera Farmiga), a sexy but mysterious blonde who collects and restores Chinese art. Fiona is also the owner of a wheelchair she doesn't really need, and Isaac, who is increasingly attracted to her, wants to know all about her role in the fake-paraplegic underground. However, Fiona isn't about to give away any of her secrets for free, and Isaac discovers that the exchange of information and trust goes deeper the longer they know one another. The first feature film from writer and director Carlos Brooks, Quid Pro Quo received its premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2008
UPC: 0876964000376
Original Release: 2008
Rating: R
Source: Magnolia
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:22:00
Sales rank: 45,884

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Audition tapes: Nick Stahl and Vera Farmiga; Footage from the Documentary Whole; Tulip Montage; Storyboards; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Stahl Isaac Knott
Vera Farmiga Fiona
Jacob Pitts Actor
Aimee Mullins Actor
Jeane Fournier Actor
Kate Burton Actor
Jessica Hecht Actor
Dylan Bruno Actor
Rachael Black Actor
Phil LaMarr Actor
Pablo Schreiber Actor
Leonardo Nam Actor
Michal Sinnott Actor
Joshua Leonard Actor
James Frain Actor
Ellen Taylor Marlow Actor

Technical Credits
Carlos Brooks Director,Screenwriter
Antonio Arroyo Sound/Sound Designer
Roshelle Berliner Production Designer
Sandy Berman Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
Eric Daman Costumes/Costume Designer
Sarah Halley Finn Casting,Co-producer
Randi Hiller Casting,Co-producer
Charles Ireland Editor
Jason Kliot Executive Producer
Beth Kuhn Art Director
Michael McDonough Cinematographer
Per Melita Co-producer,Executive Producer
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
Sarah Pillsbury Producer
Jason Rody Asst. Director
Midge Sanford Producer
Robin Urdang Musical Direction/Supervision
Joana Vicente Executive Producer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer
Lauren Zuckerman Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Quid Pro Quo
1. Story [6:12]
2. Acceptance [10:13]
3. Fiona [7:40]
4. Unique [6:53]
5. Raine [7:12]
6. Magic Shoes [8:29]
7. Sculpting [6:54]
8. Go Away [5:15]
9. Help [4:24]
10. Cheerleader [6:39]
11. Remembering [:45]
12. End Credits [4:07]

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Quid Pro Quo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Helpful Note: Wikipedia definition: Quid pro quo (Latin for &quot something for something&quot ) indicates a more-or-less equal exchange or substitution of goods or services. Carlos Brooks makes an impressive debut as both writer and director of this little independent film QUID PRO QUO, a story that may make some viewers uncomfortable because of the subject matter, but an intelligent investigation of a subculture unknown to most and a script that leads to a surprising ending - if the viewer keeps thinking after the rolling credits are over! Isaac (Nick Stahl) is a reporter for a small radio station, a role that gives him the opportunity to uncover novel human interest stories for his audience. Interestingly, Isaac is a paraplegic, confined to a wheelchair since age 8 when he was the survivor of a car crash that killed both his parents. He has full function of most of his body, but cannot walk. Isaac receives an email from one 'Ancient Chinese Girl' that contains a message about a person who convinced a doctor to amputate a normal leg. Isaac is fascinated and sets out to investigate the story and eventually discovers the source of the email - one young and very beautiful Fiona (Vera Farmiga) - who introduces him to a subculture of people who want to be wheelchair bound: in a group meeting Isaac hears strange stories from a disparate group of people who meet to discuss their obsession with being paralyzed, their chance to be noticed and cared about as quasi-invalids who would go so far as having an amputation of a normal limb to enable their wheelchair dreams. Isaac soon discovers that Fiona shares this obsession, demonstrates her secrets to Isaac, and the two begin to bond physically and emotionally. Isaac is the first person to see Fiona make her 'debut' in public in a wheelchair. They share lunch in a cafe and share their life experiences: Isaac confesses that he harbors foreshortened memory of his accident - his last memory is lying in the road seeing a young girl with red and white pompoms trying to save him. Isaac surprises himself (and shares his surprise with Fiona) when he buys a pair of 'Fred Astaire shoes', and upon trying them on, he is able to walk! Fiona's response is mixed - she is happy that Isaac is ambulatory but at the same time she is led to believe that Isaac's paralysis may be of an hysterical nature, that he really has never been paralyzed except as a reaction to the guilt he harbors about his parent's death and his sole survivorship of the accident. How these two people deal with the information as it develops provides a startling ending to this story, a detective mystery that in retrospect proves to have given us, the audience, countless clues throughout the film - clues only discovered in retrospect! Both Nick Stahl and Vera Farmiga give vital performances, able to draw us in to their odd characters and make us care. There are many fine cameo roles - Kate Burton as Fiona's mother, James Frain as Isaac's priest friend, and all the members of the wannabe wheelchair bound group - and the cinematography by Michael McDonough is both appropriately claustrophobic indoors and transcendently beautiful in the tulip fields of Skagit Valley, WA used as the setting for the upstate New York accident location. Mark Mothersbaugh ties the moods of the film together with his expert musical score. This is a tough little film to watch, but a film that supplies much gratification and challenge. It is a fine debut for Carlos Brooks. Recommended. Grady Harp