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Venus-Movie Review 09/05/2010

Posted by Films to consider in British, Comedy, Light Drama, Movies.

Venus (British) 2006

Winner, Best Supporting Actor (Phillips), British Independent Film Awards
Nominated, Best Actor-Drama (O’Toole), Golden Globes; also Screen Actors Guild
Nominated, Best Actor (O’Toole); Best Supporting Actress (Redgrave); Best Promising Newcomer (Whittaker); Best Screenplay, British Independent Film Awards

Starring Peter O”Toole, Leslie Phillips, Jodie Whittaker, and Vanessa Redgrave
Directed by Roger Michell

A charming and funny story about an aging actor as he falls in love for the last time. Maurice (O’Toole) meets Jessie (Whittaker), the young great-niece of his best friend Ian (Phillips), when she arrives in town to care for Ian. Jessie’s smart-mouthed but vulnerable attitude immediately (and obviously) attracts Maurice; she grudgingly agrees to his gestures of friendship. Although she makes it clear there is no chance for a romance between them, there is a chance for a love story of sorts.

The film takes good advantage of many opportunities for laughs and smiles, both about aging and about the differences (and similarities) between generations. One of my favorite scenes takes place in a cafe when Maurice and Ian, two lifelong friends, attempt a knock-down fight with each other and get kicked out.

95 min. Rated R. Adult themes.



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