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Felicia's Journey (1999)

Bob Hoskins , Arsinée Khanjian , Atom Egoyan  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bob Hoskins, Arsinée Khanjian, Elaine Cassidy, Sheila Reid, Nizwar Karanj
  • Directors: Atom Egoyan
  • Writers: Atom Egoyan, William Trevor
  • Producers: Bruce Davey, Karen Glasser, Paul Tucker, Ralph Kamp, Robert Lantos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CWQ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Felicia's Journey" on IMDb

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  • Making-Of Featurette

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Bob Hoskins, Elaine Cassidy. Gripping thriller about the life of a disturbed TV cook who lives in the perpetual shadow of his deceased mother. 1999/color/113 min/PG-13.

Like Hitchcock, Atom Egoyan envisions family life as a potential hotbed of literal or figurative violence and incest. In Felicia's Journey, Egoyan's adaptation of William Trevor's shattering novel, one dreads to imagine what TV-cook mom (Arsinée Khanjian) did to so damage her pudgy son that grown- up Hilditch (Bob Hoskins) still prepares meals in perfect unison with faded videotapes of her show--and, as we eventually discover, often takes more sinister trips down Memory Lane. Distant kin to Psycho's Tony Perkins, Hoskins's troll is so obsessive, so traumatized, his every short-armed, fat-handed gesture and sing-song utterance is precisely calculated to keep reality safely buried.

Egoyan's movies often seem located underwater, in some surreal dreamscape where one's breath is perpetually suspended while a slow horror seeps ever deeper under the skin. Helpless, transfixed, one watches as his characters drive inexorably toward mined intersections where lives and souls may be lost or redeemed. When Hilditch's path crosses, diverges from, and finally coincides with that of young, pregnant Felicia (Elaine Cassidy)--an Irish innocent searching for her errant boyfriend--it leads to terrible epiphany for these fellow travelers. Trouble is, creepy Hilditch and too-naive Felicia come up a bit short in the psychological complexity department, so by film's end, revelatory payoffs are mostly penny ante. Felica's Journey tours familiar Egoyan territory--an industrialized wasteland full of hungry hearts--but this latest fairy tale (think perverse variations on Hansel and Gretel) isn't in the same league with such "family values" masterpieces as Exotica or The Sweet Hereafter. --Kathleen Murphy

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for movie sophisticates only July 18, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I really think this is one of the best movies to come along in years. It is mysterious, creepy, and alarming but somehow it is also funny, endearing, and charming. How did the director combine so many different moods in one movie? This movie is a character development and mood type movie, not a plot type, so don't expect your typical American blood and guts killer type movie! Many people will not like this movie because they are so conditioned to nonstop action. This movie gives you time to reflect and enjoy the intriguing vivuals and eerie sound track. I loved it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Subtle portrait of a killer and a girl July 3, 2000
Where Silence of the Lambs might bang you over the head with its portrayal of a madman, Felicia's Journey is far more quiet but just as deft. Elaine Cassidy is very sharp and sincere as Felicia, and it is her preformance that holds the film together. Hoskin's, on the other hand, handles his character with less ease. He seems a little uneasy with Hilditch, the mother obsessed killer, and in his interview included on the disk, he re-affirms my feeling that he found Hilditch "creepy". So, his portrayal comes off all creepy and less human.
Atom Egoyan is a film maker i never really liked in his early work, witch had too much of a art house stink to them for my taste, but with his recent outings (far more conventional ones) The Sweet Hereafeter and Journey, he has vastly impressed as a fine cinematic storyteller, who never forces the subject upon the viewer. He just presents a good story, in a simple manner, for all those willing to listen and watch.
The DVD is of good quality. Looks great. The extras are fine but negligible. All of the cast interviews are already in the short featurette, save a few brief comments. It would have been better just to make the featurette longer and include the interviews in whole. Hilditch's video collection just offers basically what we see in the movie, only with very annoying black fades breaking up the conversation. A video fast forward or tape break would have looked better than the fades.
Journey by no means breaks new ground in storytelling or subject matter, but it succeeds as a fine tale of a innocent young girl and a deadly man, who both are confused with how to function in this world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Felicias Journey - The Movie June 12, 2009
Well, I have to say, I watched this movie in a rather unusual way. A few weeks ago, on TV, I saw the very ending (about the last 5 minutes) and I thought, "Egad, what IS this movie about?" Well, now I just finished watching it again only this time,from the beginning. (I just happened upon it while channel surfing.)

I have to say Hoskins is brilliant. I can't imagine any other actor doing any better than he in this role. You are convinced he is totally "off the track" as you see him preparing those impressive convoluted meals while watching hid dead mother's cooking show re-runs.

As he manipulates the turkey skin and pierces the trussing needle through the rack of lamb there is no doubt he is full of hate and revulsion for his mother but also filled with an obsession about her for which he has little control.

He is at once, menacing, charming and pathetic and his inner demons are juxtaposed alongside Elaine Cassidy's character's innocence and childlike trusting nature.

I thought the movie was very well done, VERY unusual and a suspenseful thriller in a sort of Hitchcock genre but without the blood and gore.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film! July 15, 2000
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This film was beautifully made, and the music is beautiful, too. Director Atom Egoyan's twist of the TV chef mother really adds some cinematic taste to the movie, though it does seem to confuse the story and the formation of Hilditch's personality. The ending is good. Personally, I think it is better than in the book. Bob Hoskins' performance is superb! This movie is a must-see only for his performance. I wonder why he was not even nominated for the Oscar. This reminds me of another mystery in 1987 when Hoskins swept almost every award with his performance in Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa", then lost in the Oscar to Paul Newman's "The Color of Money"? Elaine Cassidy (Felicia) is a novice in film making, but surely not a novice in acting. She is great in the movie, too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How do we deal with loss? January 29, 2001
Egoyan's works deal with how we, as humans, deal with the loss of something sacred. In "Exotica", how does on deal with the death of a child, innocence, or a lover? In "Hereafter", we see the same theme explored in another interesting manner. In "Journey", we see it again. In order to appreciate the subtleties for Egoyan's works, you have to appreciate their thematic elements, not to mention his methods of storytelling, as well as his wonderful cinematic eye. "Journey" is a character study in madness, as well as loss. Loss of home, loss of love, loss of innocence. How does one deal with these things? Some must grow up, other must murder. Wonderful acting all around. I highly recommend this film to Egoyan fans and true lovers of extraordinary film. Put your thinking cap on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated September 23, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Despite the mixed to negative reviews this film received, I quite liked it. It wasn't dramatic, considering the subject matter: an isolated middle-aged man who befriends then kills young girls in trouble. Yet I somehow liked that, along with its pace, slow or not; the location shooting and the acting. The book, I think, was set in the mid-70s, and the film doesn't specify an era, so it is realistic in its portrayal of an impregnated Irish girl arriving in England seeking the boyfriend who has helped her get into this condition without leaving her an actual address. Befriended by Bob Hoskins, a caterer suffering from a childhood traumatized by a bullying mother, she finds herself drugged then trapped in his house, which she escapes by chance. That the viewer is clued into what Hoskins does with the girls he befriends via videotapes he has made of them in his car is subtle and effective. Hoskin's character has spent his whole life in the largish house in which he spent his miserable childhood. This, if anything, is the reason why he kills: a solitude relievable only by befriending then trapping people in his car or, like Felicia, his house, disposing of them as they realize the warped mind this man actually possesses.This isn't Egoyan's best film ("The Sweet Hereafter" might be)but it shows that the filmaker's subject matter is diverse and his direction skilled.
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Published 10 months ago by Bernard
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elaine Cassidy...
As I do completely love Elaine Cassidy and count myself among many of her adoring fans...I've asked myself would I like this movie as much if she wasn't in it? Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A JOURNEY TO REMEMBER...
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