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Felicia's Journey (1999)

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A lonely middle-aged catering manager spends all of his time studying tapes of an eccentric TV chef. Meanwhile, a young woman is making her way from Ireland to find her boy friend, who ... See full summary »

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A lonely middle-aged catering manager spends all of his time studying tapes of an eccentric TV chef. Meanwhile, a young woman is making her way from Ireland to find her boy friend, who moved to England to get a job in a lawn-mower factory. On arrival, she makes an early contact with the caterer, who recommends a boarding room to her. Slowly, it is revealed that the caterer has in fact befriended and subsequently abused more than a dozen young women. He, of course, now sets his sights on this woman. Much of the story is told in flashbacks, revealing how each of the characters grew to the point where they now find themselves. However, the drama of the character interaction is more important to director, Atom Egoyan, than the potential horror of the situation. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and related disturbing images | See all certifications »

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24 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El viaje de Felicia  »

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$43,131 (USA) (12 November 1999)

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$819,852 (USA) (21 January 2000)
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Joseph Ambrose Hilditch: No one's blaming you, dear. Things - happen. Things take a turn. We live in a miracle. That's the promise. That's the future. The pain will wash away. The healing will commence.
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The Heart of a Child
Performed by Malcolm Vaughan
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Words & Music by Michael Austin & Derek Hudson
Used by kind permission of MCA Music Ltd.
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Complex, horrifying, one the thrillers of the decade.
12 July 1999 | by (Galway, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Felicia's Journey was the closing film of this year's Galway Film Fleadh (Gaelic: Festival).Based on a story by Ireland's premiere short story writer William Trevor, Felicia's Journey is one of the most terrifying thrillers made this decade. So disturbed were some of the viewers that they refused to applaud the movie - "That was to freaky", said a local movie buff, "I didn't need to see that". The movie begins by fooling the audience. It starts as a bittersweet tale of a young Irish girl (Elaine Cassidy) who sleeps with a British Army soldier and is shunned by her family. She is exiled to Birmingham, England, where she meets Joe, a kindly old man (Bob Hoskins). So far, a pretty typical poignant Irish drama. Suddenly, some rapid editing and jolting images reveal that Joe ain't so sweet. In fact he's one of the most vicious, despicable psychopaths you'll ever seen on screen. The mood is extremely fearful for the remainder as Elaine Cassidy's perfect rendition of an innocent Irish Catholic girl screams out for help. Hoskins has played the best role of his life of a tortured, gentle, caring, sick, evil but very human man. His performance is only comparable to Peter Lorre in Fritz Lang's M. Excellent editing and and a complex, skillful score contribute to making this one of the movies of the year and a classic of the thriller genre. Don't see it unless you have the nerve.


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