Irina Palm
Irina Palm (2008)

A 50-year-old widow is so desperately in need of money that she unwittingly accepts a job in a sex club.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 12, 2008
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Critic Score
68%
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User Score
77%


Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A strong performance from Faithfull anchors this perverse and lethargic -- but ultimately thought-provoking -- Garbarski drama.

Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

A pleasingly sentimental British domestic drama.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

takes the notion of risqué empowerment a few preposterous steps further.

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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

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

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

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.

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Engaging, enjoyable and quietly thought-provoking British drama with a refreshingly offbeat script and a great central performance from Marianne Faithfull.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Jan Marc Macababayao
Irina Palm is a perverse tale of the odd sacrifice of a desperate grandmother for her terminally-ill grandson. Grace amid shame. Genuinely sentimental.… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Irina Palm" starts with Maggie(Marianne Faithfull) bringing a giant stuffed lion to her grandson Ollie(Corey Burke) in the… More
Dean McKenna
Indifference British film in the drama story of a retired grandmother who acts to raise the cash in a fashion that surprises everyone, but her for her own… More
Ina S
Moving and entertaining, but oversimplified film carried entirely by a fantastic cast. Marianne Faithfull is an absolute must-see, her performance is nothing… More
Mark Abell
Delightful, infuriating, improbable, laugh out loud funny, and a surprisingly entertaining tale of a woman who finds herself out of her depth and working in the… More