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Felicia's Journey (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 24 November 1999 (USA)
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A young woman leaves Ireland to find her boyfriend in England, and while there is helped by a man hiding unsettling secrets.

Director:

Atom Egoyan

Writers:

William Trevor (novel), Atom Egoyan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hoskins ... Joe Hilditch
Arsinée Khanjian ... Gala
Elaine Cassidy ... Felicia
Sheila Reid Sheila Reid ... Iris
Nizwar Karanj Nizwar Karanj ... Sidney
Ali Yassine Ali Yassine ... Customs Officer
Peter McDonald ... Johnny Lysaght
Kriss Dosanjh Kriss Dosanjh ... Salesman
Gerard McSorley ... Felicia's Father
Marie Stafford Marie Stafford ... Felicia's Great Grandmother (as Maire Stafford)
Gavin Kelty Gavin Kelty ... Shay Mulroone
Brid Brennan ... Mrs. Lysaght
Mark Hadfield ... Television Director
Danny Turner Danny Turner ... Young Joey Hilditch
Susan Parry Susan Parry ... Salome
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Storyline

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. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Artisan | BAC Films

Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English | Irish | French

Release Date:

24 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El viaje de Felicia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£56,588 (United Kingdom), 10 October 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,131, 14 November 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$819,852, 23 January 2000
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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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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More Than Ever
Performed by Malcolm Vaughan
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A trip worth taking
26 September 1999 | by dr.bedloSee all my reviews

Atom Egoyan has again created another striking work of art with his adaptation of the William Trevor novel, "Felicia's Journey". The director of such great films as: "Exotica", "The Sweet Hereafter" and "Speaking Parts" has ventured from his Canadian world to that of the British Isles. He does so effortlessly and again confronts an amazing story told in only the way he can.

The film has the air of confidence from a film maker who has now truly found his rhythm and the ability to bring it to a mass audience. He again starts with a dark theme and manages to keep his world secretive until the final frames keeping the audience riveted. His amazing talent continues with the ability to elicit amazing performances from both established actors like Bob Hoskins and new faces like Elaine Cassidy as well as his ever lovely and talented wife, Arsinee Khanjian.

Hoskins has one of this year's best performances. The chilling Mr. Hildich would have been muddled by a lesser actor, turned into a poor man's Hannibal Lecter. But Hoskins makes the character grow with the film, he only gets more menacing as the film progresses...but never too menacing that you can't feel for him. Cassidy is equally skilled in bringing young Felicia to life. A young woman who is lonely and confused, but determined to see her dreams fulfilled. Also a special mention should be given to Claire Benedict who plays Miss Calligary...a missionary who never quite knows when to quit...even for her own good.

The story does unfold in a series of flashbacks, so those with short attention spans may need to avoid this film. But in doing so, they would rob themselves of an amazing story.

A key element to the film is Mychael Danna's musical score for the film. Music is used much more as a key player in the film than Egoyan has used in the past. It works greatly to his advantage.

This film was the opening night to the 24th Toronto International Film Festival...it was an incredible way to begin the fest. It certainly will be remembered by me for many years to come. Thank you Mr. Egoyan.


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