Irina Palm

2008

Irina Palm

Critics Consensus

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

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Total Count: 48

77%

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User Ratings: 5,687
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A 50-year-old widow is so desperately in need of money that she unwittingly accepts a job in a sex club.

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (22)

  • A gobsmackingly awful British film -- awful in the way that somehow only British films can be: our TV drama, of whatever quality, is never as creaky, naive, badly written and flatulent as this.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A pleasingly sentimental British domestic drama.

    Jun 13, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • takes the notion of risqué empowerment a few preposterous steps further.

    Jun 13, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • 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.

    May 16, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 16, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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

    May 15, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Irina Palm

  • Sep 10, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2010
    Irina Palm was not at all what I was expecting it to be & I know I definitely didnt expect to like it as much as I did.
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2009
    Moving and entertaining, but oversimplified film carried entirely by a fantastic cast. Marianne Faithfull is an absolute must-see, her performance is nothing short of sublime. Unfortunately the rest of the film is not able to match her stunning portrayal of "Irina Palm".
    Ina S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2009
    I would have preferred to see Jenny Agutter's character expend the effort, and Marianne Faithful's character hold the bucket...but unfortunately, there was no bucket, though she did go though a lot of Kleenex. Anyway, it was humorous to see Marianne portray disdain for something that surely came so intuitively to her in real life behind the music :) Did anyone keep what was left of that Heath Bar to sell on Ebay or did David and Mick consume it from both ends to meet in the middle?
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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