Director: Roger Michell Cast: Peter O'Toole, Leslie Phillips, Jodie Whittaker

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An aging pair of veteran English actors whose success never quite took hold finds their quiet existence suddenly interrupted by the arrival of one of the men's precocious grandnieces in director Roger Michell's affectionate comedy drama. Maurice (Peter O'Toole) and Ian (Leslie Phillips) may still land the occasional paying gig -- Maurice has recently been cast as a corpse in a popular television drama -- but for the most part, their days are spent cataloging their ailments over meals at their favorite café. Though the arrival of Ian's grandniece Jessie doesn't immediately set so well with her curmudgeonly great uncle, Maurice takes an immediate liking to the girl, and makes it a mission to expose the youngster to some of the bustling capitol's best-known sights. As the newly invigorated septuagenarian does his best to teach the wide-eyed youngster a thing or two about life, he soon comes to realize just how little he truly knows about the subject at such a late point in life.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2011
UPC: 0031398139287
Original Release: 2006
Source: Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 29,879

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter O'Toole Maurice
Leslie Phillips Ian
Jodie Whittaker Jessie
Richard Griffiths Donald
Vanessa Redgrave Valerie

Technical Credits
Roger Michell Director
David Arnold Score Composer
Daniel Battsek Executive Producer
Sally Caplan Executive Producer
Nicolas Gaster Editor
Danny Hambrook Sound/Sound Designer
John Paul Kelly Production Designer
Miles Ketley Executive Producer
Hanif Kureishi Screenwriter
Kevin Loader Producer
Emma Macdevitt Art Director
Barrie McCulloch Asst. Director
Charles Moore Executive Producer
Corinne Bailey Rae Score Composer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
Scott Rudin Executive Producer
Natalie Ward Costumes/Costume Designer
Fiona Weir Casting
Haris Zambarloukos Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Venus
1. Opening Credits/Aging [6:48]
2. Jessie [4:53]
3. Overindulgence [4:07]
4. "A Corpse More or Less" [5:42]
5. A Modeling Job [6:06]
6. Will to Live [8:20]
7. Theoretical Interest [5:59]
8. Pleasure [12:57]
9. Goodbyes [9:08]
10. Easily Tempted [5:53]
11. A Little Walk [5:12]
12. Venus [4:29]
13. A Much Better Idea [4:35]
14. Carry On [4:50]
15. End Credits [5:32]

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Venus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
And so reflects 70-something Maurice (Peter O'Toole) about the importance of beauty and searching for love as the only significant goals as life races by him. VENUS is a small miracle of a film written by Hanif Kureishi ('My Beautiful Laundrette') about the isolation and inner devastation of growing old in today's society. What could have been a morose, whining diatribe about the cruelties of advancing age and the manner in which we treat the elderly becomes a window into the psyche of older characters whose lives have meant something - if to no one else but themselves. Three old thespian friends and colleagues (Maurice, Ian - Leslie Phillips and Donald - Richard Griffiths) spend there days reading obits, sharing pills and recalling the days of their acting glory. Maurice has not given up as he still performs as old characters in films and continues his lifelong libidinous longing for beautiful females. Ian fears death from hypertension and agrees to have his niece's daughter Jessie (Jodie Whittaker) move in to care for him. But the coarse, crude, and rude Jessie drives Ian to distraction and Ian seeks Maurice's aid in diverting Jessie's time to activity away from her home care service. The story thus opens the way to examine the needs and desires of both Maurice and the very young Jessie, each finding a sense of solace, friendship and a new kind of love despite their extreme age differences. Maurice continues to visit his ex-wife Valerie (Vanessa Redgrave) whenever he needs a connection to reality: these encounters speak more about the continuity of love once splintered than in almost any prior film. In a story that could have focused on aged lechery and youthful opportunism this film, as directed by Roger Michell, instead elects to find the path toward beauty that underlines the needs of disparate people. The performance by O'Toole is staggeringly superb and the remainder of this small cast (Redgrave, Griffiths, Phillips - all long admired, seasoned pros - and Whittaker, a very promising new face) is top notch. The writing and directing and acting in this film is at the peak of excellence - there really isn't anything else. Grady Harp