Irina Palm

Irina Palm

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Ex-rocker Marianne Faithfull stars as Maggie, a 50-year-old widow who takes a job in a sex club to pay for her grandson's medical treatment.

Desperately in need in cash and after several unfruitful attempts to find a job, Maggie's eye is caught by a poster in London's Soho - a "hostess" is wanted for a place called Sexy World. She naively applies and gets the job. At first, Maggie finds it tough but wisecracking colleague Luisa (Gryllus) shows her the ropes and the two women strike up a friendship. Club owner Miki (Manojlovic) has a soft spot for the dutiful Maggie, and transforms her into the much-in-demand and lucrative Irina Palm. More

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2007Rating: R16, Contains offensive language and sex scenes103 minsBelgium, Luxembourg, UK, Germany, France
Drama

Irina Palm | Reviews

66%47 reviews

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Variety

Variety

Astonishingly, pic reaped hearty guffaws at Berlinale press show, suggesting this might play best in Europe, but Anglophone auds are more likely to give Palm the thumbs down.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Irina Palm is, for the most part, a phony trifle, but at its heart, somehow, is a real and fascinating person.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Marianne Faithfull is unforgettable as a middle-class, middle-aged frump …in Sam Garbarski's crowd-pleasing comedy-drama Irina Palm.

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Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

Like Bess, the lead character of Lars von Trier's harrowing Breaking the Waves, Maggie is simply good. And Irina Palm is simply brilliant.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Oddball comedy is too downbeat to raise a laugh.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Genially preposterous and pleasantly diverting, it balances calculation against humanity and generally comes out on top.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

There's a heartwarming quality that softens the hardcore setting but this does lack an assured, er, hand.

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