Venus

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Released 2007

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Director:
Roger Michell
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Venus features Academy Award® nominee Peter O'Toole (2006 Best Actor) and powerful cast in a charming and poignant portrayal of Maurice, 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. Featuring brilliant performances from a superb supporting cast, Venus is a witty and wise celebration of how the greatest lessons in life can come from the most unlikely places.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Told with wit, genuine poignancy and all kinds of humor, Venus charts the unlikely relationship between a man in his 70s and a young woman more than half a century his junior.

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Since the movie is about desire -- not so much for sex as for the vitality and surprise that sex can provide -- it is also about power. Few writers can match Mr. Kureishi's knowing...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Genuinely funny, randy and moving by turns, breezily enjoyable throughout.

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    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    Romantic Comedy, Dark Comedy, Independent