3 Needles (2006)



Critic Consensus: In getting its message about the AIDS epidemic across, the film unfortunately sacrifices story and character.

Movie Info

"Three Needles" is a drama that visits rural China, a plantation in South Africa, and Montreal's porn industry, to tell three separate yet universal stories, rooted to struggles with the HIV pandemic. In China, Ping is a pregnant young woman running a black market blood collection scam that creates a mini epidemic in a rural village. In Montreal, Denys is a porn actor hiding his positive HIV status in order to continue working and supporting his mother--who herself goes to extreme lengths to … More

Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Thom Fitzgerald
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 3, 2007
Wolfe Releasing - Official Site



as Jin Ping

as Nahmnru

as Canadian Health Care...

as Native Porn Actress

as Porn Cinematographer

as Olive's Date

as Waitress

as Porn Actress

as Klipikwela

as Soldier Xuan

as Porn Director

as Walla sounds (voice)

as Bongile

as Fater Dahmnu

as Hallyday

as Bug Chaser

as Provincial Represent...
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Critic Reviews for 3 Needles

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (17)

The situations are contrived, the ironies are cheap, and the dialogue is overly blunt.

Full Review… | December 2, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

If nothing else, [director Thom] Fitzgerald has demonstrated how huge a challenge the AIDS epidemic is on a worldwide scale, and how it will take a concerted, intelligent effort to solve it. It'll take a lot more than throwing money around.

Full Review… | December 1, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Only the African story feels complete, while the Chinese story is gloomily hopeless and the Montreal story is just a bad idea. 3 Needles is not about AIDS; it's about the exploitation of it.

Full Review… | December 1, 2006
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Broad in scope and at times visually stunning, [director Thom] Fitzgerald's project is ambitious but lacks cohesion.

Full Review… | December 1, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's hard to know what exactly the movie means with a lot of the choices it makes, even if, ultimately, it means well.

Full Review… | December 1, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Though not as coherent as it might be, 3 Needles, with its stunning cinematography by Thomas M. Harting, is never less than engaging and suggests powerfully the myriad reasons why AIDS, after a quarter of a century, remains so difficult to combat.

Full Review… | November 30, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 3 Needles


[font=Century Gothic]A few years previously, writer-director Thom Fitzgerald made a film, "The Event," about a man dying of AIDS in New York City. With his latest film, "3 Needles," he brings a global perspective to the edidemic in three segments:[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Fortitude of the Buddha" - In southern China, Jin(Lucy Liu), a very pregnant blood smuggler, sets up a blood donation unit in a village to pay locals $5 apiece for their blood. A poor farmer, Tong Sam(Tanabadee Chokpikultong), is too sick to give but he volunteers his 11-year old daughter, Qi(Yotaka Cheukaew), instead.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Passion of the Christ" - In Montreal, a porn star, Denys(Shawn Ashmore), is faking his HIV blood tests with his invalid father's(Aubert Pallascio) blood. Eventually his ruse is discovered.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Innocence of the Pagans" - In Africa, three nuns(Olympia Dukakis, Sandra Oh and Chloe Sevigny) arrive not to care for the large amount people suffering from AIDS, but to proselytize.(Thus, explaining why missionaries are some of my least favorite people.)[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"3 Needles" is an ambitious movie that is occasionally powerful and beautiful. Through an understated style with little dialogue, the movie tells three stories that do a good job of showing how AIDS can flourish through self-interest and exploitation but also a way of fighting it with activists united on a global scale. In the end, the people of the world need to communicate better with each other to improve the world we live in.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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