Careless Love Reviews
Set in Sydney, Australia, the story of Linh, a Vietnamese-Australian. By day she is studying at University, by night she is a prostitute/escort. Shows her friends, family and relationships and how her work affects these (or doesn't, to the best of her ability).
This is not new territory, the prostitutes-are-everyday-people storyline. However, it is warmly and sincerely told, without fake sentimentality, manipulation or glamourising the subject.
Where the movie does fall over, however, is that it doesn't really have a point. It drifts throughout, though is never dull. Towards the end, what focus it had is thrown away in a series of contrived, implausible or simply random scenes.
This is all a pity, as the plot was reasonably engaging until then.
Solid performance by Nammi Le in the lead role. Supporting cast are mostly not that convincing, however.
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.
Most of them are fresh faces in the Aussie film industry with Peter O'brien as the old timer. If you like Australian Independent Art house films this is your genre but be prepared for something you will not expect.