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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, disturbing, but beautiful., 8 April 2006
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This review is from: Mona Lisa [DVD] (DVD)
I first saw this film alone in a theater years ago when I had an afternoon off. I can still remember how its disturbing images haunted me for days after. It shows the dehumanizing, emotionally disconnected underworld of London prostitution. Bob Hoskins portrays a good-hearted loser, just released from prison. Usually loveable Michael Caine is simply hateful as a sleazy mobster who gives Hoskins a job chauffeuring an elegant call girl (Cathy Tyson). While driving her to her assignations, Hoskins naively falls in love with her. He wants to protect her and feels jealousy as he waits for her trysts to end. Predictably, his amateur love is unrequited - she's a professional who has lost the capacity to feel romantic love. However, she does have an obsession; to locate and save a drug-addicted young girl who is also being sexually exploited by Caine's character. Like a knight on a quest, Hoskins sets out to locate the girl. In his search he visits the creepy haunts of young women enslaved in drug-dependent prostitution. His quest is successful, but his love is not returned. In the end however, he is really the only winner; he has a heart and still knows how to love. Bob Hoskins gives an achingly beautiful performance.
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2011 09:58:02 GMT
Not a bad review, but almost no point watching the film now as you have given most of the plot away!

Posted on 30 Dec 2014 14:09:58 GMT
What did you expect? If you read enough reviews, you're bound to come across one that contains a spoiler, especially a detailed review like this. Actually he/she's disclosed hardly any more of the plot than is printed on the DVD sleeve.
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