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Felicia's Journey (1999)



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A solitary middle-aged bachelor and a naive Irish teenager transform one another's lives to arrive at a place of recognition, redemption and wisdom in Felicia's Journey, writer/director Atom Egoyan's adaptation of William Trevor's celebrated 1994 novel. Seventeen and pregnant, Felicia travels to England in search of her lover and is found instead by Joseph Ambrose Hilditch, a helpful catering manager whose kindness masks a serial killer. Hilditch has murdered several young women, but he has no conscious awareness of the crimes; like Felicia, he doesn't see his true self. Anchored by the stunning performances of Hoskins and Cassidy, Felicia's Journey is a story of innocence lost and regained: Felicia awakens to the world's dangers and duplicities; and Hilditch, who grew up lonely and unloved, comes to realize what was taken from him, and what he himself has taken.
PG-13 (for mature thematic elements and related disturbing images)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Artisan Pictures

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Bob Hoskins
as Joseph Hilditch
Elaine Cassidy
as Felicia
Nizwar Karanj
as Sidney
Peter McDonald
as Johnny Lysaght
Gerard McSorley
as Felicia's Father
Brid Brennan
as Mrs. Lysaght
Claire Benedict
as Miss Calligary
Danny Turner
as Young Hilditch
Maire Stafford
as Felicia's Great Grandmother
Ali Yassine
as Customs Officer
Kriss Dosanjh
as Salesman
Gavin Kelty
as Shay Mulroone
Mark Hadfield
as Television Director
Susan Parry
as Salome
Jean Marlow
as Old Woman
Sidney Cole
as Ethiopian
Barry McGovern
as Gatherer
Sandra Voe
as Jumble Sale Woman
Leila Hoffman
as Bag Lady
Bob Mason
as Jimmy
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Critic Reviews for Felicia's Journey

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (9)

Likeluy divide critics and viewers, this is a simpler and less layered film than other works from Egoyan, who seems unable to infuse the pyschological thriller with his characteristic humor and irony.

Full Review… | July 1, 2006
Top Critic

It took awhile to sink in, but I liked Felicia's Journey very much.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Every time we think we know what's going to happen, the story spins off in a curious new direction...

Full Review… | June 23, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

[Egoyan's] still an arty hack in search of meaning.

Full Review… | March 8, 2002
Matinee Magazine

A strange but compelling tale about trust, pain, and the miraculous power of healing.

Full Review… | March 4, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Dramatically inert.

September 27, 2001

Audience Reviews for Felicia's Journey


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

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs

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.

Brian R
Brian R

Super Reviewer


This movie is genuinely terrifying. Anyone who truly observes Hoskins' portrayal of a troubled serial killer will come away from this film mesmerized and horrified by its realism.

Hannah McSpadden
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