Venus DVD

Roger Michell, 2006

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Directed by Roger Michell

Produced in 2006

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

Screen legend Peter O'Toole stars in this moving story of an elderly actor and his somewhat questionable relationship with a teenage girl. Maurice (O'Toole) and his friend Ian (Leslie Phillips) are two classy curmudgeons whiling away their hours in coffee shops and at the theatre, but their routine is thrown for a loop when Ian's niece's daughter Jessie (Jodie Whittaker) is sent from the country to act as his nurse.

Jessie shows up on the scene sullen and pouty, immediately drinking all the liquor in the house and slouching her way from room to room. But Maurice befriends her, taking her to museums and getting her a gig as an art model, and along the way he openly expresses the lust she has awakened in him. Jessie's brash rejections of his affections are at first as amusing as they are awkward. When she starts to allow him small pleasures - like kissing her bare shoulders or caressing her hands - the film enters into complex territory, but it is deftly navigated by Hanif Kureishi's sharp screenplay, and O'Toole's heartbreaking performance.

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DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: Lionsgate

Length: 95 mins

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 25th April 2011

Cat No: MIRLGD94576

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by Peter Wild on 4th June 2007

The rumour goes that, in the face of a lifetime achievement Oscar some years back, Peter O'Toole raged and said he wasn't quite over yet, thank you very much. Venus, d... Read on


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