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Camilla (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 November 1994 (USA)
Vincent and Freda Lopez are a young married Toronto couple who both indulge in the arts, Vince as an artist and Freda as a musician/composer. Their marriage is not as secure as it may seem ... See full summary »


Deepa Mehta


Ali Jennings (story), Paul Quarrington




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Tandy ... Camilla Cara
Bridget Fonda ... Freda Lopez
Elias Koteas ... Vincent Lopez
Maury Chaykin ... Harold Cara
Graham Greene ... Hunt Weller
Hume Cronyn ... Ewald
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Officer Kapur
George Harris ... Jerry
Sandi Ross ... Border Guard
Gerry Quigley Gerry Quigley ... Border Official
Atom Egoyan ... Sea Bunnies Director
Devyani Saltzman Devyani Saltzman ... Girl #1
Camille Spence Camille Spence ... Girl #2
Martha Cronyn Martha Cronyn ... Coat Check Woman
Sheilanne Lindsay Sheilanne Lindsay ... Lauron Tinscheff


Vincent and Freda Lopez are a young married Toronto couple who both indulge in the arts, Vince as an artist and Freda as a musician/composer. Their marriage is not as secure as it may seem on the surface as Vince sees Freda's music as purely a hobby, while she sees it as her vocation, despite feeling insecure about it. The two drive to Savannah, Georgia for a vacation, where they meet mother and son Camilla and Harold Cara, a former concert violinist and a B-movie producer respectively. There is an immediate bond between Camilla and Freda because of their music, and because of the unconditional support Camilla provides to Freda concerning her music that Vince will or cannot. Their bond is also despite the obvious exaggerated stories Camilla tells of her life. After Vince and Harold leave to work on a joint project and after Freda and Vince have an argument following about her musical career, Freda asks Camilla to drive back to Toronto with her to attend a concert of Brahms' violin ... Written by Huggo

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They went looking for adventure... and found themselves.




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This was the last time Jessica Tandy and her real-life husband Hume Cronyn appeared in a movie together. See more »


Around 30:50 into the film, as Freda drives with Camilla over a bridge, the first shot (facing forward) shows the topless car with no front windscreen, the second (head-on) shows the fold-down windscreen raised. See more »


References This Is Your Life (1950) See more »


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Two Artists Going On A Trip...Searching For The Same Thing
20 December 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

A little slow moving perhaps (even though it's a small film) but for me 'Camilla' was worth the watch for Jessica Tandy who delivers a beautiful final performance. Deepa Mehta's execution is quite alright though perhaps she would have benefited more with more finance. She does use a lot of detailed references, for instance a painting of artist Frida Kahlo at Frida's apartment (hinting on the association between both women). I liked how Tandy's character was introduced and how Fonda's Freda is both intrigued and amused by this enigmatic but lovely older lady and eventually they head on a journey searching for the same thing, that thing which everyone searches. The scenes between Fonda and Tandy are both fun and moving to watch. Fonda holds her own. The score is gentle and of course Brahm's piece is almost always a good listen. Overall, for me it was a good enough watch for a quiet tired evening.

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Release Date:

25 November 1994 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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