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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 »

Director:

Sam Garbarski

Writers:

Philippe Blasband (original script), Martin Herron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Faithfull ... Maggie / Tom's mother
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Miki / Sex club owner (as Miki Manojlovic)
Kevin Bishop ... Tom / Sarah's husband
Siobhan Hewlett ... Sarah / Tom's wife
Dorka Gryllus Dorka Gryllus ... Luisa / Sex hostess
Jenny Agutter ... Jane
Corey Burke Corey Burke ... Olly / Tom and Sarah's son
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)
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Storyline

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. Written by lament

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

Belgium | Germany | Luxembourg | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

En ti palami outo voisomen See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,474, 23 March 2008

Gross USA:

$44,383

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,610,835
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Maggie is reading the letter from the bank, rejecting her request for a loan, the letter clearly addresses her as 'Mr'. See more »

Quotes

Maggie: Olly is dying, I'm wanking, It's a mess!
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Connections

Referenced in Countdown: Antigua fábrica de cerveza, 20:06 horas (2008) See more »

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Classy Brit Flick
26 December 2007 | by roblynmouthSee all my reviews

Irina Palm is one of those quirky off-beat Brit flicks that you come across every now and again. Based around the life of a middle aged Maggie, widowed, one son and a grandchild dying of a rare illness. Maggie needs a lot of money to pay for the treatment the boy needs, which can only be found in Australia. However, as widow whose main employment seems to have been as a lady who lunches, her work skills are rather non-existent. Also having sold of the family silver and home some time previously there is very little in the kitty to pay for the treatment he needs. However, she eventually finds salvation in the sex trade as an unlikely sex worker however a rather talented one at that. Finding her niche in hand jobs (to be polite) she sets about becoming the best in London and the target of headhunters (or hand-hunters in this case) What I really enjoyed is the sheer brilliant humanity that Ms Faithful brought to the screen as she realizes that there are real people who work the industry, real that is with families, and homes of their own Special mention must go to Miki Manojlovic and Jenny Agutter for two of the best scenes in the film. All in all a well worth the trip out but as its now playing at Art house cinemas might be a little bit tricky to find.


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