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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
I really need to get around to securing the Egoyan boxset on bluray. The problem is this isn't on it either. But this is one of his very best films. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Crank
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A young Irish girl is failed by her family, society and boyfriend and runs away to a foreign land. Being naïve, shy, and emotionally damaged, she crosses paths with a creepy,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Courtney Dinnen
Should have known, if it sound's too good to be true, it usually is. First, it isn't even established this guy is a serial killer. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kevin Murphy
This is such an unexpectedly fantastic film.Published 15 months ago by Wednesday Lee Friday: writer of scarybooks
This was a strange movie to say the least. I didn't realize that it was about a serial killer until I read it on the film case.
Atom Egoyan apparently can't make a normal film, which is something I really admire about him. His take on the serial killer story is far from what one would expect, and maybe... Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Andrew Ellington
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 morePublished on November 23, 2008 by AmorVincitOmnia831