In hard times, Faithfull must fall back on soft hands

Irina Palm

on March 20, 2008 by Susan Green

Remember Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull as a youthful rock ‘n’ roll power couple in 1960s London? Now both wrinkly, he’s still singing and prancing; she’s become an accomplished actress, judging by her role as a middle-aged frump in Sam Garbarksi’s ironic Irina Palm. Widowed Maggie (Faithfull) is deemed too old and inexperienced for ordinary employment. But her remarkably soft hands are just right for a seedy U.K. sex club, where she’s required to masturbate unseen men who stick their private parts through a hole in the wall.

Although horrified by this repulsive endeavor, it’s the only way to fund a trip to Australia for experimental surgery to save her little grandson Olly (Corey Burke) from an unspecified lethal disease. His squabbling parents (Kevin Bishop and Siobhan Hewlett) don’t have the means. Meanwhile, Maggie’s wily boss Miki (Miki Manojlovic) admires her levelheaded gumption. A grim scenario is poised for an oddly uplifting resolution.

Distributor: Strand
Cast: Marianne Faithfull, Miki Manojlovic, Kevin Bishop, Siobhan Hewlett, Jenny Agutter, Dorkas Gryllus and Corey Burke
Director: Sam Garbarski
Screenwriters: Sam Garbarski, Martin Herron and Philippe Blasband
Producer: Sebastien Delloye.
Genre: Drama.
Rating: R for strong sexual content, nudity and language.
Running time: 102 min.
Release date: March 21 NY

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