#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Maurice Russell, once a great actor, is now living in London in the twilight of his life. Those of his generation remember him fondly, while those in the younger generations have no idea who he is. He spends most of his time hanging out with his friends Ian, also an actor, and Donald, or visiting with his wife Valerie for who he has great affection but with who he no longer lives. His acting career is virtually over, he only taking roles on the odd occasion when he needs the money. Ian has decided to invite his young great-niece Jessie from the provinces to come and stay with him, basically to act as his caregiver in case he falls ill, but also to be his companion. He envisions listening to Bach with her and her cooking him food to which he is accustomed. Jessie’s stay is nothing as he envisions. She doesn’t know how to cook, she drinks all his alcohol, and she has unrealistic visions of what she will accomplish in her life. Maurice, however, sees in Jessie, a person who can help him recapture part of his youth and vigor, including more fully realizing his thoughts of sex. Maurice calls her Venus, after one of his favorite paintings. As Maurice and Jessie spend more time together, they use each other to get what they want. But it isn’t until Maurice approaches the end of his life will either understand if what they have is true friendship.
Plot: Maurice is an aging veteran actor who becomes absolutely taken with Jessie – the grandniece of his closest friend. When Maurice tries to soften the petulant and provincial young girl with the benefit of his wisdom and London culture, their give-and-take surprises both Maurice and Jessie as they discover what they don’t know about themselves.
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O’Toole’s Still Got It
I strongly suspect that Peter O’Toole, in his new film “Venus,” plays a character not far removed from himself. This may prevent his performance from joining the ranks of some of his greatest cinematic achievements, since it probably didn’t provide as much of a challenge to him, but that’s not to say that he isn’t marvelous in this film, and shouldn’t be commended for taking on this brave and unflattering role so late in his career.
In “Venus,” O’Toole plays Maurice, a famous stage and screen actor pushing 90, who’s struggling mightily to prevent his days from slipping into the routine loneliness of old age. He’s on friendly terms with his wife (Vanessa Redgrave, who has a couple of wonderful moments in this film), who he walked out on years ago, but never sees his children, who haven’t forgiven their father for deserting them. The time he doesn’t spend at doctors’ offices or willing himself to get out of bed every morning he spends with his cantankerous best friend, a fellow actor, reminiscing about their best roles.
When the friend takes in his niece’s sullen daughter as a live-in assistant, O’Toole immediately finds himself in love with her, or at least in love with the idea of her, and the two strike up an awkward, and at times most uncomfortable relationship of sorts.
What distinguishes “Venus” from other stories like it is the nature of the central relationship. This is no sweet, chaste friendship a la “Lost in Translation.” For one, the age difference here is much greater. But beyond that, the relationship between Maurice and his Venus is distinctly sexual. It’s clear that Maurice would go as far as Venus will allow, which isn’t far, but is far enough to have made me squirm a bit in my seat at moments. For her part, Venus uses her beauty, and her knowledge of Maurice’s desire for her, to her advantage, receiving gifts in return for her “favors.” The film establishes both Maurice and Venus as somewhat unsympathetic characters, which prevents the film from becoming too maudlin. But there’s also a great reserve of kindness in both of them, and each enables that to come out in the other. In the end, each of these characters is a bit better off for having known the other.
“Venus” is slow moving, and it’s not a profound film. But it is refreshingly free of pretense, and it provides one with the chance to see Peter O’Toole, one of my favorite actors, showing the world that he’s still got it after all these years.
brilliant script for clever people
Igonore those reviewers who criticize this script and/or directing. They are obviously too foolish to recognize a strong dialogue driven story. This script offers some of the most clever dialogue and story development I have seen in years. As for those who think the film is perverse or creepy for showing an old man with a romantic interest in a young girl, listen up: Jessie represents a beautiful, young, inspiring woman. Something Maurice once had but gave up by his own foolishness. When his wife said to Jessie, “So you are the one”, she wasn’t, it was in fact, her (his wife) he was thinking of. Jessie was simply the metaphor for her.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 35 min (95 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director Roger Michell
Writer Hanif Kureishi
Actors Peter O’Toole, Leslie Phillips, Beatrice Savoretti, Philip Fox
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 20 nominations.
Production Company Free Range Films, Miramax Films, FilmFour
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 16 SR3
Laboratory DeLuxe, London, UK, Soho Images, London, UK (rushes)
Film Length 2,600 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 16 mm (Kodak Vision2 100T 7212)
Cinematographic Process Super 16
Printed Film Format 35 mm (blow-up)