Our Rating: ★★☆☆☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: After an escape from her abusive boyfriend, a woman finds safety in the arms of a Toronto prostitute (Rae Dawn Chong).
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Year: 1994
Duration: 95 min
Language: Canada/English
MPAA: R
Director: Penelope Buitenhuis
Writer: Andrea Wilde
Starring: Rae Dawn Chong, Kari Wuhrer, Lou Diamond Phillips

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BoulevardFleeing from an abusive boyfriend, Jennefer (Kari Wuhrer, Kate’s Addiction, Higher Learning) hops a bus to Toronto and ends up on the Boulevard, where prostitutes, drug dealers and the down and out reside. Ola (Rae Dawn Chong, The Color Purple), who works the corner, takes her in from the cold. Hassan (Lou Diamond Phillips, La Bamba, Young Guns) is the local pimp.

Eventually Jennefer takes up prostitution as well, and she and Ola must dodge Hassan, the cops and Jennefer’s boyfriend who has come to find her. In the midst of incredible brutality all around, the two women fall in love. The love scene is wonderfully sensual and memorable. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie is lacking, and the Hassan character in particular is a cardboard stereotype. It’s just another abusive boyfriend/evil pimp film. (AB)