★ 1/2 out of four
A gangster, a pimp, a prepubescent prostitute: This deeply disturbing British thriller follows Joanne, an 11-year-old runaway, and Kelly, a hard-boiled streetwalker, as they flee London's seedy underbelly.
The film is well-acted and smartly crafted; writer-director Paul Andrew Williams makes powerful visual pairings of young Joanne: one minute she's turning a trick, the next she's clutching stuffed animals and playing arcade games.
But the storyline is so vicious, the sexual politics so deviant and the use of these taboos so pointless as to render this an exercise in tastelessness. (9:45 p.m. Sun. plus 7:30 p.m. Tue., St. Anthony Main. 86 mins.)