Careless Love (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Careless Love
Realism is not a primary concern: an element of unlikely melodrama is planted early on but not detonated until the final minute, boldly allowing the narrative to jump to a different track.
It all adds up to a remarkably benign view of a prostitute's life, shot in a Sydney displayed to its best advantage by Kathryn Milliss's dreamy cinematography.
A small film made on a low budget in a style reminiscent of similarly scaled Euro and American pictures, Duigan shoots the action straightforwardly; there's nothing fancy here
There are awkwardnesses in the film that I was not quite comfortable with but at the same time I think it looks really good.
Nammi Le gives a really fine performance in the leading role, creating a sad yet strong and resilient character with complete conviction.
Audience Reviews for Careless Love
Interesting look at prostitution following the life of Lin, an Australian/Vietnamese uni student. Unknown to her family, she falls into escort work to help them with debt which is about to cause them to lose the family home. She tells them she is doing modeling work.
Along the way she forms a relationship with a fellow student, also hiding from him what she does.
You see many of the clients, but it is not an overly graphic or emotional movie. I'm sure a lot worse happens to a real life hooker, and this is toned down and reasonably pleasant to watch, but there are still consequences and it does eventually hit the fan. Some of the situations Lin finds herself in would have been pretty scary and humiliating, but she handles herself with dignity all the way through.
I very much liked the relationship with Lin and her co-worker. The American client was also an interesting character.
Overall I liked this although it was a little too glossy looking for the subject matter.
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