Time Out says
It is due to her abnormally soft hands that she is eventually branded Irina Palm. Naturally, all of this is to cover the medical fees for her doe-eyed grandson who has recently contracted a rare (unnamed) disease which requires him to be flown to Australia for treatment.
Sam Garbarski’s tonally awkward and lazily written film represents the sex industry as both a ruthless corporate entity (the ‘product’ that Maggie offers is of such high standard that one of her less-skilled co-workers is fired) and a place that can stimulate a sense of empowerment and control from its employees (she merrily fills her booth with flowers and hangs pictures from the wall).
However, these feel like cynical, ill-developed observations that come at the detriment of any realistic character development or proper discussion about the role of older people in today’s service industry-led employment climate. Still, Faithful is a joy to behold, her subtly expressive, yet commanding presence single-handedly distracts from the miasma of cliché that constantly threatens to engulf her.
- Release date:Friday 13 June 2008
- Duration:103 mins
Cast and crew
- Director:Sam Garbarski
- Kevin Bishop
- Miki Manojlovic
- Marianne Faithfull