Thursday, 27 May 2010

Trafficked

Shame that this gets a belated release as it's similar to several other later Irish titles (W.C., Kisses, Foxes). W.C. especially owes a lot to this film! A black woman moves to Ireland and ends up working as a hooker. Various shady Dublin characters exploit her. The handheld (and underlit) video camerawork is energetic and the city centre location is exploited fully. But the story doesn't add up to much and there are too many repeating scenes and establishing shots. Did we really need to see that Celtic Tiger mural several times? The main problem is that the film never gets out of first gear and it runs out of steam far too early.

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