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Felicia's Journey (1999)

Original Title : Felicia's Journey
Director : Atom Egoyan
Writer : William Trevor
Atom Egoyan
Genre : Drama
Thriller
Country : Canada
Language : English
Producer : Bruce Davey , Karen Glasser , Ralph Kamp , Robert Lantos , Paul Tucker
Music : Mychael Danna
Photography : Paul Sarossy
Distributor : Alliance Atlantis Communications
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and related disturbing images.
IMDB ID : 0165773
Official site : http://www.feliciasjourney-movie.com/
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Felicia's Journey (1999) - Atom Egoyan
 

Starring

Bob Hoskins Hilditch
Arsinée Khanjian Gala
Elaine Cassidy Felicia
Sheila Reid Iris
Nizwar Karanj Sidney
Ali Yassine Customs Officer
Peter McDonald Johnny
Kriss Dosanjh Salesman
Gerard McSorley Felicia's Father
Marie Stafford Felicia's Great Grandmother (as Maire Stafford
Gavin Kelty Shay Mulroone
Brid Brennan Mrs. Lysaght
Mark Hadfield Television Director
Danny Turner Young Hilditch
Susan Parry Salome
Claire Benedict Miss Calligary
Jean Marlow Old Woman
Sidney Cole Ethiopian
Barry McGovern Gatherer
Sandra Voe Jumble Sale Woman
Leila Hoffman Bag Lady
Bob Mason Jimmy
Emma Powell Clinic Receptionist
Julie Cox Marcia Tibbits
Nicki Murphy Lost Girl
Kelly Brailsford Lost Girl
Polly York Lost Girl
Gem Durham Lost Girl
Kerry Stacey Lost Girl
Laura Chambers Lost Girl
Bianca McKenzie Lost Girl
Ladene Hall Lost Girl
 

Plot

A lonely middle-aged catering manager (Bob Hoskins) spends all of his time studying tapes of an eccentric TV chef (Arsinee Khanjian). Meanwhile, a young woman (Elaine Cassidy) is making her way from Ireland to find her boy friend (Peter McDonald), who moved to England to get a job in a lawn-mower factory. On arrival, she makes an early contact with the caterer, who recommends a boarding room to her. Slowly, it is revealed that the caterer has in fact befriended and subsequently abused more than a dozen young women. He, of course, now sets his site on this woman. Much of the story is told in flashbacks, revealing how each of the characters grew to the point where they now find themselves. However, the drama of the character interaction is more important to director, Atom Egoyan, than the potential horror of the situation.
 

Comments

Complex, horrifying, one the thrillers of the decade., 12 July 1999 Author: Aidan Madden from Galway, Ireland Felicia's Journey was the closing film of this year's Galway Film Fleadh (Gaelic: Festival).Based on a story by Ireland's premiere short story writer William Trevor, Felicia's Journey is one of the most terrifying thrillers made this decade. So disturbed were some of the viewers that they refused to applaud the movie - "That was to freaky", said a local movie buff, "I didn't need to see that". The movie begins by fooling the audience. It starts as a bittersweet tale of a young Irish girl (Elaine Cassidy) who sleeps with a British Army soldier and is shunned by her family. She is exiled to Birmingham, England, where she meets Joe, a kindly old man (Bob Hoskins). So far, a pretty typical poignant Irish drama. Suddenly, some rapid editing and jolting images reveal that Joe ain't so sweet. In fact he's one of the most vicious, despicable psychopaths you'll ever seen on screen. The mood is extremely fearful for the remainder as Elaine Cassidy's perfect rendition of an innocent Irish Catholic girl screams out for help. Hoskins has played the best role of his life of a tortured, gentle, caring, sick, evil but very human man. His performance is only comparable to Peter Lorre in Fritz Lang's M. Excellent editing and and a complex, skillful score contribute to making this one of the movies of the year and a classic of the thriller genre. Don't see it unless you have the nerve.
 
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