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Venus (I) (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  16 February 2007 (USA)
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Life for a pair of veteran actors gets turned upside down after they meet a brash teenager.

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Maurice Russell, once a great actor, is now living in London in the twilight of his life. Those of his generation remember him fondly, while those in the younger generations have no idea who he is. He spends most of his time hanging out with his friends Ian, also an actor, and Donald, or visiting with his wife Valerie for who he has great affection but with who he no longer lives. His acting career is virtually over, he only taking roles on the odd occasion when he needs the money. Ian has decided to invite his young great-niece Jessie from the provinces to come and stay with him, basically to act as his caregiver in case he falls ill, but also to be his companion. He envisions listening to Bach with her and her cooking him food to which he is accustomed. Jessie's stay is nothing as he envisions. She doesn't know how to cook, she drinks all his alcohol, and she has unrealistic visions of what she will accomplish in her life. Maurice, however, sees in Jessie, a person who can help him ... Written by Huggo

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The most acclaimed actor of his generation in the role of a lifetime

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$48,871 (USA) (22 December 2006)

Gross:

$3,343,528 (USA) (6 April 2007)
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Hanif Kureishi said that 'Junichiro Tanizaki''s novella, Diary of a Mad Old Man, is the inspiration behind the story. See more »

Goofs

Unsynchronised, bad edit at roughly 51 minutes, 10 seconds. The voice of Jessie can be heard saying "No Maurice I'm not going out" but her lips aren't moving, in fact she's just started to sip from her glass. See more »

Quotes

Maurice: My dear, would you pass me my trousers?
Jessie: What is that?
Maurice: A catheter.
Jessie: Oh, my God!
Maurice: I think it's leaking.
Jessie: I don't want it on my shoes! You're always dripping, Maurice.
Maurice: Oh, hold on.
Jessie: There's always bits of you where there shouldn't be!
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Slavonic Dances Op. 72, No. 2 in E minor: Dumka (Allegretto grazioso)
Composed by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorák)
Arranged by David Arnold & Dave Hartley
Performed by Rolf Wilson, Simon Bags (as Simon Baggs), Dave Hartley
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Not What You'd Expect
15 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I, like most people, thought twice about spending a good few hours of my life watching an old man fall in love with a teenager, but my respect for O'Toole and a free ticket voucher at the Denver Film Festival were more than enough to motivate me to see the film. Had I not gone, I would have made a serious mistake. O'Toole's performance is as good as anything he's done, and the whispers about Oscars might just have something behind them. Somehow, Roger Michell directed this film so beautifully that nothing that occurred between Maurie and Jessie seemed morally ambiguous whatsoever. Maybe it was the pairing of scenes with poppy Corinne Bailey Rae music that made it seem so natural, but I strongly suspect otherwise. O'Toole, paired with a beautiful performance by virtual unknown Jodie Whittaker, takes us into a world that disregards social boundaries and replaces them with raw human emotion and understanding. Though O'Toole's performance captivates the Oscar attention of anyone who sees the film, the supporting role played by Leslie Phillips was essential to the film's success. The relationship between Phillips and O'Toole's character had the entire theater laughing just seconds into the film. Overall, a cast of entirely endearing characters and knockout performances by O'Toole, Phillips, and Whittaker make Venus one of the best films I've seen in 2006.


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