Irina Palm (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Irina Palm (2008)



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

Movie Info

A 50-year-old widow is so desperately in need of money that she unwittingly accepts a job in a sex club.more
Rating: R (for strong sexual content, nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Martin Herron, Philippe Blasband, Martin Herron, Sam Garbarski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 12, 2008
Strand Releasing - Official Site

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Tony O'Brien
as Shopkeeper
Ann Queensberry
as 1st Old Lady
June Bailey
as 2nd Old Lady
Hassani Shapi
as Consultant
Liam Reilly
as Agency Man
Doraly Rosen
as Bank Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Irina Palm

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (20)

A pleasingly sentimental British domestic drama.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 16, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 16, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 15, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 2, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Irina Palm

Irina Palm is a perverse tale of the odd sacrifice of a desperate grandmother for her terminally-ill grandson. Grace amid shame. Genuinely sentimental. Well-delivered.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer


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 terminally ill grandson's health deteriorates. I'm sick of sexual activities what a retired grandmother works for in the 'Sexy World', but I liked sexy strippers the best.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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 sex trades. Her transformation from a quiet little mouse afraid to ask for a job to a force to be reckoned with is what made the film for this viewer. Maggie (Maryanne Faithfull) is marvelous as the small-town grandmother who becomes a sensation at the club where she works. A competent supporting cast and a certain dark atmosphere contribute to the film's success as a morality tale that is at times laugh out loud funny.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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