Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Venus (2006)

***½
UK

As he prepares himself for death, a wistful, septuagenarian Peter O'Toole - charming and seductive as ever - plays an actor who finds everything he will miss about life personified in his dear friend's grandniece, played with great confidence by newcomer Jodie Whittaker. The picture, taking off from a terrific script by novelist Hanif Kureishi, is as brash and bawdy as it is tender and melancholy. Though at all times firmly grounded in its protagonist's pasty day-to-day reality, it's suffused in reverie.

dir: Roger Michell
wr: Hanif Kureishi
cast: Peter O'Toole, Jodie Whittaker, Leslie Phillips, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Griffiths

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