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Stroke (2000)

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Directed by video-to-35 mm filmmaker Rob Nilsson, this largely improvised drama is set in, and populated by, real-life residents of San Francisco's notorious Tenderloin district. Three months after suffering a debilitating stroke, Phil (Teddy Weiler), a 55-year-old poet, is cared for by his longtime friend Johnny (Edwin Johnson). Unfortunately, the unemployed Johnny has troubles of his own, not least of which is the unwelcome attention of Modisco (Robert Viharo), a neighborhood scumbag who runs a strip club, among other dubious operations. Also vulnerable to Modisco's actions is Svetlana (played by transgender performer Omewene), a one-time adult entertainment worker who is being pressured by Modisco to resume her previous occupation. Both Johnny and Svetlana are trapped in a convoluted blackmailing scheme involving Modisco, and as the thuggish businessman tightens his grip on the two, they -- and by extension, Phil -- become trapped with nowhere to go.

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