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Felicia's Journey Reviews

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John B

Super Reviewer

January 5, 2010
Ah yes. My good friend Atom Egoyan. He may ignore me in the streets but this was the period of time when he was coming up with some very rewarding films. No comment about the time before or time after. Where is Elaine Cassidy after this? She was great here as was Bob Hoskins playing counter to his usual role.
Critique Threatt
Critique Threatt

Super Reviewer

April 13, 2010
Creepy and fascinating especially the Bob Hoskins character. He is a lonely man who is a professinal cook and a serial killer. There is also the Elaine Cassidy character who found out that she is pregnant and goes to Ireland to find her bf (who left to go find work) since he is the one responsible for getting her pregnant. Hilditch(Hoskins) and Felicia(Cassidy) meet unexpectedly and this is where Atom Egoyan goes into his fav filmmaking trademark. Exploring themes of isolated, alienated charcters dealing with loss, grief, guilt, despair and a non linear story arc.

The last scene of the film felt a slight disappointing but I still felt this picture is p work from Atom Egoyan. After Egoyan's "Exotica", and "The Sweet Hereafter", "Felicia's Journey" imo is a near masterpiece.
GhostX84
GhostX84

Super Reviewer

December 15, 2007
Even with Bob Hoskins as a calculating psychopath Atom Egoyan manages to make this into a total snooze fest.
July 13, 2007
A winner by my favorite writer-director, Atom Egoyan.
His work just sucks you into the intrigue. Good mystery.
April 30, 2014
Bob Hoskins does things here that you'll never forget.
September 1, 2013
A gripping look into the mind of a serial killer with a riveting performance by Bob Hoskins and adroit direction by Atom Egoyan. Elaine Cassidy gives a touchingly beautiful quality to a film that shows the human need for love and companionship as the motive for horrendous crime committed by a man with a fragile psyche. Can a film evoke chills and sympathy for the same character? This one does, and does it successfully.
July 21, 2013
Not only is this complex & creepy 90's thriller worth watching , but the DVD's audio commentary by director Atom Egoyon actually enhances the film after you've watched it
November 15, 2012
One of Bob Hoskins' best roles.
Critique Threatt
Critique Threatt

Super Reviewer

April 13, 2010
Creepy and fascinating especially the Bob Hoskins character. He is a lonely man who is a professinal cook and a serial killer. There is also the Elaine Cassidy character who found out that she is pregnant and goes to Ireland to find her bf (who left to go find work) since he is the one responsible for getting her pregnant. Hilditch(Hoskins) and Felicia(Cassidy) meet unexpectedly and this is where Atom Egoyan goes into his fav filmmaking trademark. Exploring themes of isolated, alienated charcters dealing with loss, grief, guilt, despair and a non linear story arc.

The last scene of the film felt a slight disappointing but I still felt this picture is p work from Atom Egoyan. After Egoyan's "Exotica", and "The Sweet Hereafter", "Felicia's Journey" imo is a near masterpiece.
Nukleopatra
March 28, 2012
Felicia's really long, really boring journey.
March 14, 2012
An elegant plot, well written and directed with some interesting pieces of industrial landscape as a backdrop. But not our type of film - we don't really go for films about weird serial killers. Sorry to give away the plot - though if I'd known what it was I shouldn't have bothered recording it. If you like Egoyan doing sub-Hitchcockian psychobabble implausible then this is for you. Full marks to Hoskins for doing Brum, and to Elaine Cassidy for naive Irish girl.
Dave J
June 28, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

(1999) Felicia's Journey
PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

Bob Hoskins plays a peculiar chef who has a dark pass, and comes across a hitch hiker travelling to the UK from somewhere in Ireland, Felicia played by Elaine Cassidy asking around for her brother's business or place of work which is some sort of a lawn mower company instead of checking the yellow pages or asking some officer on the beat! And as the film progresses each of the two main characters has a new revealation who eventually coincide with one another with of course the Bob Hoskins character as the more sinister one!

The film dwells too much on it's two main characters of Joe and Felicia and it doesn't really go anywhere leaving more questions than answers! Story taken from the William Trevor novel!

2 out of 4
September 19, 2010
Amazing film, highly recommended viewing.
ola k.
November 4, 2009
this movie is worth watching at least for one scene, for Bob Hoskins facial expression when he realizes that his plan can get aborted. that's the scariest facial expression in the movie history. there are other things as well that make this movie appreciable; footage of rural london, disturbing soundtrack, but espacially Hilditch's (played by bob hoskins) uncommon relation with his mother.
angie225
June 26, 2008
I didn't like it. For me it was completely boring and uninvolving. I got desperate with the character of Felicia, she was so sweet and stupid that she got on my nerves.
Heist
April 1, 2007
The Shaft, despite being the story of a killer elevator, is surprisingly good, and not only in a guilty pleasure fashion. Chopping Mall is decent 80s cheese, Felicia's Journey is a painful snorefest, Shivers is several different kinds of awesome underneat many layers of funk, Yet Rated is entertaining, but hard to take seriously.
jazza923
February 27, 2007
6.5/10. The exceptional performances from Bob Hoskins and Elaine Cassidy really add a tremendous amout to this film. The score is excellent as well, fine cinematography, good sets. Very thoughtfully produced. A unique and fine film. Great job.
jennifer's picks & pa
March 15, 2006
Three more films from the 90's.

[b]The Talented Mr. Ripley[/b], directed by Anthony Minghella, is the screen adaption of Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name. This psychological thriller stars Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, a poor but extremely gifted young man who encounters wealthy tycoon Herbert Greenleaf (James Rebhorn) after a piano recital. Ripley had swiped a Princeton jacket, so Mr. Greenleaf assumed he had been a student there and might know his son Dickie, and he offers Ripley money to go to Europe and convince his son to come back to the United States. Ripley jumps at the opportunity and he soon encounters Dickie (Jude Law) and beautiful fiance Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow) lounging on an Italian beach. Dickie and Marge are charmed by the friendly, but seemingly naive Ripley, and soon the three become fast friends. Tom becomes enamored with the lavish lifestyle Dickie has, and soon he tries to emulate him. Meanwhile Dickie's friend Freddie (Philip Seymour Hoffman) suspects Ripley may have deeper motives. Eventually Dickie begins to tire of Tom, and an argument between the two men results in Dickie's death, which Ripley covers up. Tom Ripley then decides to use all the information he had gathered on Dickie and assuming his identity and beginning a lavish lifestyle of his own, reverting back to Tom only when he encounters Marge or Freddie. As Dickie's disappearance lingers, Marge and Freddie become suspicious of Tom.

[b]The Talented Mr. Ripley[/b] is Minghella's most cohesive work. The look and setting of this film is as lavish and grand as his other work, but since the story flows evenly and effortlessly it doesn't come off as pretentious. On the surface, Matt Damon seemed like an odd choice to play such a scheming sociopath like Ripley, but he's very effective in this film. However it's Jude Law who shines the most, easily the best performance of his career. Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and especially Philip Seymour Hoffman are also give very strong performances. A fascinating story about a fascinating man. Recommended.

[b]Felicia's Journey[/b], directed by Atom Egoyan, explores one young woman's journey to find a lost love. Felicia (Elaine Cassidy) is a somewhat naive woman from a small Irish village who fell in love with a British man much to the chagrin of her father. Now pregnant, Felicia searches for him without any luck. Enter Hilditch (Bob Hoskins), a seemingly kind catering manager who befriends Felicia and takes her in, promising to help her find her lost boyfriend. Unbeknownst to Felicia, Hilditch has a history of befriending and murdering needy young women.

[b]Felicia's Journey [/b]is a low key, slowly paced psychological drama. Although it's an interesting journey, it's not as emotionally powerful as Egoyan's [i]The Sweet Hereafter[/i]. The Bob Hoskins and Elaine Cassidy characters are more subdued than the Ian Holm and Sarah Polley characters in [i]Sweet Hereafter [/i]and the drama takes longer to build. It does have some of the same atmospheric qualities though. An interesting film no doubt, just not as consistently compelling.

[b]Postcards From the Edge[/b], directed by Mike Nichols, is a comedy drama about mother/daughter relationships and overcoming addiction. The story was written by Carrie Fisher, and is loosely based on the relationship of her and her mother Debbie Reynolds. Meryl Streep stars as Suzanne Vale, an actress with a drug problem who winds up in the emergency room and rehab after a drug overdose. Shirley MacLaine stars as her overbearing alcholic mother Doris, who had been a huge movie star in the 50's. When Suzanne is released from rehab, movie producers are wary of casting her due to insurance problems caused by Suzanne's addictions. Eventually she lands a role under the condition that she will be drug tested and must be "supervised" by her mother. The two women constantly tangle, leading to some comedic moments.

[b]Postcards From the Edge [/b]was a nice change of pace for Streep who always seemed to be cast in extremely dramatic roles. Although [b]Postcards From the Edge [/b]has many dramatic moments, it's a comedy at it's core, allowing Streep to loosen up, and she can be very funny in this film. MacLaine excels at bitchy, over-the-top chracters, and Doris is no exception. Doris may be aging, but she's a diva at heart. Although the dialogue is witty and sharp, the film does suffer a bit from a rather conventional script. I think it could have been a bit edgier while maintaining it's humor, but the performances of Streep and MacLaine make [i]Postcards [/i]a higly enjoyable view. Dennis Quaid and Gene Hackman have supporting roles and the film also features some funny cameos from Rob Reiner and Richard Dreyfuss.
Alfod
July 26, 2005
Best in Show: Elaine Cassidy
One for the future: Bob Hoskins
Stand-out scene: Felicia awaking after sedation
Brainer or no-brainer: Brainer
Stands up to one viewing or repeated?: Repeated
DVD commentary any good?: n/a

TV
Two things drew me to this movie; firstly I loved Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter and secondly, its Birmingham setting. Although Bob Hoskins' accent wavered and there were too many Black Country accents purported to be Brummie, it was refreshingly novel to see a movie with locations I recognise (I work in the shadow of the Telecom Tower that is shown early on). Although it doesn't trounce my claim to fame that the property I used to live is glimpsed in the background during The 51st State, seeing places like Digbeth coach station and objects like a West Midlands Travel bus enhanced my viewing pleasure. Indeed I can't recall seeing another film with such a setting and a rudimentary search on imDB reveals that the only other movie i've seen with a similar setting was Bhaji on the Beach, and that offered no 'landmarks' to savour. With the screenplay developed by Egoyan himself from a novel by William Trevor the plot is never short of utterly intriguing. Felicia is a young Irish girl who fell pregnant by her boyfriend whilst in the land of her birth. When stories spread that her beau doesn't work in a lawnmower parts factory but rather has enlisted in the British army, Felicia is shunned by her own family. Travelling to Birmingham with money she has 'borrowed' from her bedridden grandmother, she aims to track down her fella and reveal her news about the baby in the hope that they can set up a life together. On her day of arrival, she embarks on a search of local factories in pursuit of her paramour during which she encounters Hilditch, seemingly a kindly old man willing to help her in her quest. It soon emerges however, that Hilditch is not all he seems, his interest in proto-TV chef Gala slowly revealing itself to be deep-seatedly obsessional. Despite his accent inaccuracies, Hoskins inhabits his role convincingly, but it's the naive vulnerability that Elaine Cassidy (the mute servant in The Others) brings to her role that impresses the most. Excellent. More please, mighty Atom!
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