Sam Jolley works at creating sound effects for movies in his native New Zealand. Known as a "Foley artist" elsewhere, here he is called a "footstep man." Just now, the recently separated family man is working on a film about Toulouse Lautrec and a couple of prostitutes. It's not a particularly good film, and when one of his assistants expresses this view very undiplomatically, the director insists that he be taken off the film. Since Sam is already frantically busy with the picture, this only increases his involvement with it. He becomes so smitten with one of the actresses playing a prostitute that he cannot bear for even her onscreen character to suffer, and somehow he manages to persuade the director to make major changes in the story to keep her character alive and well.
~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide