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Irina Palm (2007)

Maggie, a 60-year-old widow, desperately needs some money to pay for a medical treatment for her ill grandson, Olly. After one attempt at trying to find a job, she finds herself roaming the... See full summary »


Sam Garbarski


Philippe Blasband (original script), Martin Herron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Faithfull ... Maggie
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Miki (as Miki Manojlovic)
Kevin Bishop ... Tom
Siobhan Hewlett ... Sarah
Dorka Gryllus ... Luisa
Jenny Agutter ... Jane
Corey Burke Corey Burke ... Olly
Meg Wynn Owen ... Julia
Susan Hitch Susan Hitch ... Beth
Flip Webster Flip Webster ... Edith
Tony O'Brien Tony O'Brien ... Shopkeeper
Jules Werner Jules Werner ... Doctor
Ann Queensberry ... 1st Old Lady
June Bailey June Bailey ... 2nd Old Lady
Jonny Coyne ... Dave (as Jonathan Coyne)


Maggie, a 60-year-old widow, desperately needs some money to pay for a medical treatment for her ill grandson, Olly. After one attempt at trying to find a job, she finds herself roaming the streets of London Soho. Her eye is caught by a small poster in the window of a shop called "Sexy World" which reads: "Hostess wanted". Too desperate and lost to realize what she does she enters. Micky, the owner, is embarrassed at first, but intrigued by Maggie, he decides to have fun and offers her the job. Her colleague, Luisa, shows her how to give a hand-job through hole in a wall (glory hole) and after the first hesitation, she quickly develops good skills. She uses Irina Palm as her stage name. However, she keeps her work secret from friends and family, which leads to uncomfortable situations. She, who applies herself in order to keep her job, fascinates Mickey.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What would you do to save the life of your terminally ill grandson?



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?


When Maggie enters the office of Miki to accept the job, he's seen playing a videogame. The game music is from Super Mario, and when he raises his eyes to look at Maggie, the death sound is heard. See more »


Maggie: Olly is dying, I'm wanking, It's a mess!
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Referenced in Countdown: Antigua fábrica de cerveza, 20:06 horas (2008) See more »

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Gritty, original and realistic
19 November 2007 | by slake09See all my reviews

Marianne Faithful stars as a grandmother desperate to provide a rare and expensive medical treatment for her cancer-stricken grandson, in any way possible. She tries every other avenue before settling, reluctantly, on sex work.

The synopsis just doesn't do justice to the movie; my expectations were low, but the film really delivers. From the reactions of her friends and family to the pride she begins to take in her job, this movie has a wealth of subtle and not-so-subtle points to make. The one thing I noted was that there is no way, in the context of the film, to condemn her character for what she is doing. She simply has to reach her goal, and nothing is going to stop her. That kind of dedication is rare and touching.

The best scenes were the grandmother's relations with the club owner and other workers. She holds her own and maintains her dignity despite the circumstances she finds herself in. There aren't any crude jokes, despite the material, but there are rare moments of humor.

Watch this if you get the chance, you won't be disappointed.

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Belgium | Germany | Luxembourg | UK | France



Release Date:

18 April 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Irina P. See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »


Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,474, 23 March 2008

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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