Independent filmmaker Lizzie Borden puts her demystifying feminist sensibility to work in this quasi-clinical dissection of a middle-class house of prostitution (1987). Surprisingly restrained, given Borden’s angry Born in Flames debut, though sorority considerations still define the ins from the outs (the brothel proprietor is an ultrafemme cartoon) and the johns are all treated with gently bemused contempt. Still, Borden avoids most of the ideological traps, concentrating instead on demolishing role-playing fantasies (her flat, deadpan style works wonderfully at this) and revealing, like an anthropologist on a meticulous structural binge, the social dynamics of the trade. Alienation rears its Marxian head at the end (though obviously it’s been implicit all along), but I’d have to be more cynical than I am to consider this a cop-out. The working-girl cast—Louise Smith, Amanda Goodwin, Marusia Zach—are all fine, and even Ellen McElduff (as the madam) and Janne Peters make a good case for their caricaturish roles.