I had watched this film many years ago and remembered most of he story. It is a film by Mike Figgis starring Nicholas Cage as the alcoholic scriptwriter and Elizabeth Shue as the warm hearted hooker. The film is about acceptance, understanding and need. Neither character was judgemental about the lifestyle or actions of the other (Cage’s intention to drink himself to death and Shue’s continuing risk of violent sexual and physical abuse by her clients and pimp). Despite their flaws they showed they still needed each other and developed a mutual interdependence as their lives came crashing down around them.
This is the first of the films recommended in the course materials that I have watched. I think it was an interesting film.