The Look of Love

The Look of Love

Michael Winterbottom (2013)

96min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The life and loves of Paul Raymond, pioneer of adult entertainment in the UK, are handled with sensitivity in this London-set biopic of the man who funnelled his porn profits into property to become the richest man in Britain. Beginning in the late 1950s, with the opening of the envelope-pushing topless Raymond Revue Bar in the heart of sleazy Soho, the film offers decade-by-decade snapshots of his life until his retirement from the public eye in the early 90s. Steve Coogan gives a surprisingly moving performance as Raymond, who struggles to communicate with his first wife (Anna Friel), long-term lover (Tamsin Egerton) and daughter (Imogen Poots). Tragedy ensues, but this thoughtful, richly detailed film doesn't take a moral stance on the sex industry. Instead, it's one of prolific director Michael Winterbottom's more human films, a bittersweet study of heartbreak and a fable-like meditation on the true cost of success.

Summary

Fact-based drama following the life of entrepreneur Paul Raymond, who became one of Britain's wealthiest men through an empire of strip clubs and pornography publishing, and his relationships with three women - his choreographer wife, his glamour model lover and the daughter he hoped would become his heir. Starring Steve Coogan, Anna Friel and Imogen Poots.

Cast & Crew

Paul Raymond Steve Coogan
Jean Raymond Anna Friel
Debbie Raymond Imogen Poots
Amber St George / Fiona Richmond Tamsin Egerton
Tony Power Chris Addison
Carl Snitcher James Lance
Howard Raymond Matthew Beard
Jonathan Hodge Simon Bird
Matron behind bars Matt Lucas
Rev Edwyn Young David Walliams
Barrister Stephen Fry
Anna Sarah Solemani
Police inspector Peter Wight
Monika Vera Filatova
Comic Dara O'Briain
Rusty Humphries Shirley Henderson
Director Michael Winterbottom
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Sex scenes, nudity, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Apr 2013
Drama