Venus (2006) Film Review

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Peter O’Toole and Leslie Phillips play a couple of elderly actors, Maurice and Ian, living in London, dealing with failing health and loss of independence. Ian’s niece sends her daughter, Jessie (Jodie Whittaker) to town to take care of him, but he is distressed with her lack of compassion and total selfishness. Maurice is enamored of this young lady, with her anger toward the world, and they form an unlikely friendship.

Whittaker plays Jessie perfectly. Annoying, selfish, rude yet strangely naïve. Overall, it is quite a depressing and honest look at old age and all that it entails, from illness and difficulty getting around through to attitudes towards the elderly. It’s very good; bordering on sadtacular, but very good.