DVD Release Date: 8/19/2008
Isaac Knott (Nick Stahl) is a Public Radio reporter in New York City. When he was eight, his mother and father died in an automobile accident that left him in a wheelchair.
On air, Isaac recounts how he recently received an anonymous tip from someone identified only as "Ancient Chinese Girl." She tells him a perfectly able-bodied man walked into an emergency ward downtown, and attempted to bribe a doctor into amputating his leg.
As Isaac investigates the eerie tip, he encounters Fiona (Vera Farmiga) who, through her own quandary, leads Isaac to a netherworld of people afflicted with a perverse desire to be disabled. Like a contemporary noir detective film, QUID PRO QUO follows Isaac as he embarks on a dream-like journey to pull back the layers of what makes people feel whole.
Written and Directed by
Director of Photography
Isaac Knott NICK STAHL
Fiona VERA FARMIGA
Raine AIMEE MULLINS
“A strikingly original and provocative first feature. A detective story that morphs into a twisted romance. Lenser Michael McDonough amplifies the film's detective-fiction undercurrents and dreamlike feel with a noirish, amber-glow lighting scheme.” - Justin Chang,Variety
"Quid Pro Quo is impressively assured for a first feature -- Brooks is a guy who absolutely has a future in movies.” -Cody Clark, Salt Lake Daily Herald
“Illuminating with a good deal of humor & style, worth seeing for the two leads alone.”
- Scot Weinberg, Cinematical.com
“Did somebody say ‘Hitchcock?’ the gloss of high style and the sprinkling of dark wit? Carlos Brooks' debut feature Quid Pro Quo, which is not a thriller at all – there isn't even a murder – but which nevertheless generates suspense through the odd relationship that develops between cool, blonde, chic Vera Farmiga – easily channeling Grace Kelly – and Nick Stahl's Jimmy Stewart-like disabled radio reporter.” - Pam Grady, FILMSTEW.COM