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by Damian Harris


In San Diego, fifteen-year-old Leslie hesitatingly enters a shelter. Her answers to questions about her family are evasive. Eight years earlier: Leslie is living with her parents. On her way to school two men from her neighbourhood ask her to help them find a dog that they presume is playing somewhere with her own dog. Leslie walks back with them but they can’t find the dog. Leslie is now late for school and so the men offer to drive her there. In the car, she discovers that Alex and Frank both work for Leslie’s father. After school, Leslie is surprised to see the two men again, who have now come to pick her up because her parents have apparently been called away on urgent business; the men have come to take Leslie to her parents. Leslie is given something to drink and falls unconscious. Some time later she wakes up in a tiny bedroom. There is a boy in the same room – Donnie – who has been heavily drugged. Leslie loses consciousness again. This marks the beginning of their ordeal as child prostitutes.

international title: Gardens of the Night
original title: Gardens of the Night
country: United Kingdom, United States
sales agent: Sobini Films (US)
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Damian Harris
screenplay: Damian Harris
cast: Gillian Jacobs, Evan Ross, Tom Arnold, John Malkovich, Ryan Simpkins
cinematography by: Paul Huidobro
film editing: Michal Shemesh
art director: Wendy O’Brien
costumes designer: Rhona Meyers
music: Craig Richey
producer: R.D. Robb, Mark Amin, Todd Olsson
production: La Nuit Americaine Films, Shoot Productions (UK), Fastback Pictures, Station 3 (USA)
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