Venus

Venus

Roger Michell (2006)

90min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Peter O'Toole leaps off the screen (arthritic knees and all) as a septuagenarian rebel without a cause in this whimsical romantic comedy drama from Notting Hill director Roger Michell. O'Toole stars as Maurice Russell, an ageing actor who's reduced to playing corpses and coma patients on TV hospital dramas, and who spends his spare time hanging around with best friend and fellow veteran thespian Ian (an endearing Leslie Phillips). But when Maurice meets Ian's parochial but pretty young grandniece Jessie (the amusingly brash Jodie Whittaker), his heart begins to race and a complex relationship develops. While exploring similar themes to their 2003 film The Mother, Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi convey a tad more whimsy here. For Maurice, pursuing a young girl is about laughing in the face of death, though his recklessness and rapier wit start to grate on the nerves of Ian. Their early scenes are brilliantly funny, as the grumpy old men loaf in a coffee shop exchanging wonderfully pithy dialogue. Sadly, as the final curtain looms, the story bows to the conventions of melodrama, though that takes nothing away from yet another award-worthy performance from O'Toole.

Summary

The life of an elderly actor is turned upside down when the great-niece of his friend and fellow veteran thespian comes to stay. An unlikely but lively friendship between the elderly man and the brash young woman develops as they explore the sights of London together. Comedy, starring Peter O'Toole, Leslie Phillips and Jodie Whittaker.

Cast & Crew

Maurice Russell Peter O'Toole
Ian Leslie Phillips
Jessie Jodie Whittaker
Donald Richard Griffiths
Valerie Vanessa Redgrave
Doctor Philip Fox
Jillian Cathryn Bradshaw
Jessie's boyfriend Bronson Webb
Hospital director Sam Spruell
Director Roger Michell
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Guidance: Swearing. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 26 Jan 2007

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