Irina Palm
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Legendary rocker Marianne Faithfull (of "As Tears Go By" and Broken English fame) stars in director Sam Garbarski's gently observed comedy drama Irina Palm (2007). She portrays Maggie, a working-class fiftysomething increasingly desperate to cover the cost of her ailing grandson's (Corey Burke) operation. When denied one loan and prospective job after another, a hopeless Maggie plunges headfirst into the underground skin trade of Soho London and prostitutes herself, under the aegis of new boss Miki (Miki Manojlovic). Equipped with a new name, "Irina Palm," Maggie… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

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"A pleasingly sentimental British domestic drama."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"This would never have worked with anyone else but Faithfull, who gives a touching performance even as she flaunts her 40-year metamorphosis from porcelain pop diva to elderly bad girl."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Un drama sensible y austero, no exento de cierto sentido del humor, que deja de lado cualquier aspecto sórdido del asunto para concentrarse en una historia de amor y sacrificio."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Garbarski combines social satire, hand jobs, feminism, and romantic grace to create a tenderhearted tale of found love and female empowerment. And he actually pulls it off, give the guy a hand. On second thought..."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Irina Palm is a showcase for Faithfull but it never truly allows her to shine."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"takes the notion of risqué empowerment a few preposterous steps further."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Irina Palm is saddled with an odd title, an outlandish plot and an unlikely star--notorious rock maven Marianne Faithfull cast as a suburban frump. But it turns out a success"
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"A gobsmackingly awful British film -- awful in the way that somehow only British films can be: our TV drama, of whatever quality, is never as creaky, naive, badly written and flatulent as this."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"The performances will keep you watching, and make Irina Palm well worth seeing."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"At first blush, it seems like another entry in the saucy-but-safe Brit genre, a la Calendar Girls, Saving Grace or The Full Monty, but it turns out to be both more ambitious and less successful than those diversions."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Although director and co-writer Sam Garbarski takes great care in tracing this difficult dramatic path (he has to balance the twin tracks of other people's morality and Maggie's personal course), he can't avoid the predictability."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Even if there aren't many other reasons to give this contrived and too often silly film a chance, Faithfull makes a captivating leading lady."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"Engaging, enjoyable and quietly thought-provoking British drama with a refreshingly offbeat script and a great central performance from Marianne Faithfull."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"There's a heartwarming quality that softens the hardcore setting but this does lack an assured, er, hand."
‑ Kat Brown, Empire Magazine
"An alleged story of determination and empowerment, about the lengths -- and girths -- a formerly timid dowager will go to in order to save someone's life."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Let's Not Listen
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