Little Voice (1998)
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Based on Jim Cartright's play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, this screen adaptation directed by Mark Herman is an underdog film about an underdog girl named Little Voice (or LV for short). LV (Jane Horrocks from Mike Leigh's Life Is Sweet who does all her own singing) is a shy, mousy woman living with her mom Mari (Secrets and Lies' Brenda Blethyn). Little Voice doesn't leave her house. Instead she sings along to her record collection of Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, and Marilyn Monroe. Her
Dec 4, 1998 Wide
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Horrocks' gift for impersonation is remarkable. If her acting career ever stalls, she can take her singing act on the road. Her Garland impression alone would fill every gay bar in the world.
Here everything leads up to (and wilts after) Horrocks' showstopper. But she is amazing. Absolutely fabulous.
Despite many good scenes of whimsy, humor, and pathos, not to mantion great mimicry of Garland, Dietrich, and others, the movie is trying to do too much and the last reel is weak, contrived and burdened with a fake romance and upbeat ending.
Little Voice is based on Jim Cartwright's play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which premiered in 1992 at the National Theatre in London.
has the same semi-whimsical and semi-earthy tone as director Mark Herman's 'Brassed Off.' The last quarter of the story, however, seems strangely out of sync with the mostly bubbly set-up.
Director Mark Herman (Brassed Off) uses his camera with flair to free the story from the confines of its stage-play origin.
The ideas in "Little Voice" are musty Broadway bombast which Blethyn delivers at a shrieking pitch.
Little Voice loses its way at points, especially in its hurried, portentous ending. Yet it never obscures the blinding talent of Horrocks.
A well-realized drama about a closed-off young woman who learns to get in touch with her inner voice.
Predictable and shallow. Something precious has been lost in the translation from the stage to the big screen.
Caine and especially Blethyn are a hoot, exuding the right mix of sleaze, sexuality, selfishness, and even sympathy,
The drawbacks to "Little Voice" might sink a lesser movie, but not this one.
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