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Felicia's Journey (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 24 November 1999 (USA)
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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 boyfriend, who moved... See full summary »

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Felicia's Great Grandmother (as Maire Stafford)
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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 boyfriend, who moved to England to get a job in a lawnmower 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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Also Known As:

El viaje de Felicia  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£56,588 (UK) (8 October 1999)

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$819,852 (USA) (21 January 2000)
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Felicia: Some would call it murder.
Mr. Hilditch: Murder?... We're not in this world to cause pain, dear. Of course - you have to think of yourself on occasion. I'm not saying you don't. But there are other people, too. Which is something you're daily more aware of as you grow older.
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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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Egoyan shows once again why he's ahead of the pack.
11 February 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If I had to make a top five list of the most consistent of contemporary film directors, then Atom Egoyan would certainly be included.

Felicia's Journey adds another notch to a terrific portfolio of films. Yes this film could of trimmed ten minutes from the sagging middle section, and also lost the seemingly tacked-on epilogue.

Those points aside, it's still far superior to practically all other films on offer. Dealing with his familiar pre-occupations with family disfunctionality, sexuality and videotape, Egoyan coaxes Bob Hoskins into the most subtle and mesmeric performance of his career.

Felicia's Journey is quality work for mature audiences.


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