Watched Nov 12, 2011
A blackly-comic film centred around three elderly actors, and the infatuation that Maurice (played by Peter O'Toole) develops for a young woman.
It's such a treat to see a film focussing on older characters, and with such incredible actors, it becomes a privilege. For example, there are some wonderful scenes in which O'Toole, Leslie Phillips and Richard Griffiths sit in a cafe and chat. It's touching, funny, at times gloriously foul-mouthed, and I could watch an entire film in which that's all they do.
None of the characters are stereotypes, and none are straightforwardly likeable, but you still end up caring a great deal about what happens to them. It's very sad in places, but also life-affirming in others. For instance, I love the scene in which 'Venus' takes Maurice to a club. His good-natured, 'isn't this all marvellous' attitude to the loud music, the strange drinks and being surrounded by people 60 years younger than him is brilliant.
This is an unusual film, but it's well worth investing your time in, if only to catch a glimpse of some great performances by some very fine and well-seasoned actors.