3 Needles

R 2005 Drama • 2h 7m


A three-paneled look at the worldwide A.I.D.S. crisis. Three tragic stories taking place in South Africa, China, and Montréal.


Director: Thom Fitzgerald, Writer: Thom Fitzgerald

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Chloë Sevigny

as Clara the Novice

Lucy Liu

as Jin Ping, the Blood Smuggler

Shawn Ashmore

as Denys, the Porn Actor

Stockard Channing

as Olive Cowie, the Porn Actor's Mother

Sandra Oh

Catherine Colvey

as Clara the Novice's Mother

3 Needles



When Jin Ping sets up her mobile blood collection service in a tiny farming village, the local peasants rejoice and prosper. When one farmer, Tong Sam, is barred from selling his blood because he has the flu, he lies about his daughter's age so she can sell blood twice a month in his stead. Sam uses the money to improve his humble farm but by the time his abundant crop is ready for harvest, his wife and daughter are both mysteriously dead. Sam sets out on a journey across the province to find out why.


Denys is a second rate porn actor who loves to pretend to be anybody but himself. When Denys gets caught cheating on his blood tests, his poverty-stricken family is thrown into turmoil and his weary waitress mother hatches a fraud scheme to solve their money problems forever.


Living among the tribes on the Wild Coast, Novice missionary Clara's mission is to urge the dying Africans to accept Jesus before it's too late. Naive and optimistic, Clara strays from her mission and struggles to help raise a family of orphaned children. When one of her charges falls victim to a folk cure, she makes a bargain with Mr. Hallyday, a wealthy Afrikaans plantation owner, which aids the children but risks her own salvation.