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Call Girl (18)

Drama, Thriller

A young girl is recruited from the bottom rung of society into a ruthless world where power can get you anything.

The critical consensus

Based on true events, Call Girl underlines the hypocrisy of a society which boasted of promoting women’s liberation whilst abusing its weakest members.

Robin Ford Coron, The List, 11/07/2013

Strong shades of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s sepia moodiness haunt Mikael Marcimain’s taut political thriller.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 11/08/2013

Good, but hard to track down.

****(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 15/08/2013

The gritty aesthetic and 1970s political thriller tropes may give it the appearance of a serious work, but the camera is also a little too fond of lingering over the naked forms of its female cast members. The end result is well acted, but the points it’s making can feel a little disingenuous.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 18/08/2013

The film would benefit from at least half an hour of cutting, but its sympathy for the most vulnerable – and abhorrence of their exploiters – make a compelling watch.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 15/08/2013

It's all bad hair and worse sexual ethics in this visually sharp Swedish thriller about an infamous scandal.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 15/08/2013

A real-life 1970s Swedish sex scandal is the basis for Mikael Marcimain's disappointing conspiracy thriller.

Philip French, The Observer, 18/08/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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