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Irina Palm (2007)

Maggie, a 60-year-old widow, desperately needs some money to pay for a medical treatment for her ill grandson, Olly. After one attempt at trying to find a job, she finds herself roaming the... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Garbarski

Writers:

Philippe Blasband (original script), Martin Herron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Faithfull ... Maggie / Tom's mother
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Miki / Sex club owner (as Miki Manojlovic)
Kevin Bishop ... Tom / Sarah's husband
Siobhan Hewlett ... Sarah / Tom's wife
Dorka Gryllus Dorka Gryllus ... Luisa / Sex hostess
Jenny Agutter ... Jane
Corey Burke Corey Burke ... Olly / Tom and Sarah's son
Meg Wynn Owen ... Julia
Susan Hitch Susan Hitch ... Beth
Flip Webster Flip Webster ... Edith
Tony O'Brien Tony O'Brien ... Shopkeeper
Jules Werner Jules Werner ... Doctor
Ann Queensberry ... 1st Old Lady
June Bailey June Bailey ... 2nd Old Lady
Jonny Coyne ... Dave (as Jonathan Coyne)
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Storyline

Maggie, a 60-year-old widow, desperately needs some money to pay for a medical treatment for her ill grandson, Olly. After one attempt at trying to find a job, she finds herself roaming the streets of London Soho. Her eye is caught by a small poster in the window of a shop called "Sexy World" which reads: "Hostess wanted". Too desperate and lost to realize what she does she enters. Micky, the owner, is embarrassed at first, but intrigued by Maggie, he decides to have fun and offers her the job. Her colleague, Luisa, shows her how to give a hand-job through hole in a wall (glory hole) and after the first hesitation, she quickly develops good skills. She uses Irina Palm as her stage name. However, she keeps her work secret from friends and family, which leads to uncomfortable situations. She, who applies herself in order to keep her job, fascinates Mickey. Written by lament

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What would you do to save the life of your terminally ill grandson?

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Belgium | Germany | Luxembourg | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

En ti palami outo voisomen See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,474, 23 March 2008

Gross USA:

$44,383

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,610,835
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When Maggie enters the office of Miki to accept the job, he's seen playing a videogame. The game music is from Super Mario, and when he raises his eyes to look at Maggie, the death sound is heard. See more »

Goofs

When Maggie is reading the letter from the bank, rejecting her request for a loan, the letter clearly addresses her as 'Mr'. See more »

Quotes

Maggie: Olly is dying, I'm wanking, It's a mess!
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Intriguing Slice of Life
7 November 2008 | by nturnerSee all my reviews

Maggie is a widow in her fifties living in a small English village outside of London. She has spent her life in a humdrum manner taking care of her family. Her grandson is very ill and in the hospital. His only chance of survival is surgery in Australia. The medical expenses will be paid by the health care system, but the transportation, etc. must be provided by the family.

Maggie does not have the money, and her son has been out of work for almost a year. Maggie is determined to get the money and goes off to London in a quest of employment of any sort. She is greeted with disdain by potential employers and employment agencies as she is an unremarkable woman with no experience or talent.

In an act of final desperation, Maggie enters a sex shop on a seedy street in London advertising help wanted. It is here that Maggie finds she has a talent much sought after by the clientèle of the shop. She is given the professional name of Irina Palm by her boss, Miki.

It should be obvious that there are going to be sizable repercussions from a modest widow so radically expanding her range of experience, and there are.

Marianne Faithful and Yugoslavian actor Miki Manojlovic are extremely effective as Maggie and Miki - two people who, despite their ages, are able to learn and develop from their experiences.

You'll find that Irina Palm is a very slow moving film but one that offers a very different view of human nature. It is an intriguing slice of life.


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