IRINA PALM

MATERIALS

DOCUMENTATION

PHOTOS

SAM GARBARSKI

2007 || Belgium-UK || in English || Feature

WORLD SALES

Pyramide International (Paris)

FESTIVALS / AWARDS

Liv Ullmann Acting Award - Marianne Faithfull, EFA Awards - Best Actress Nomination (Marianne Faithfull), EFA Awards - Best Actor Nomination (Miki Manojlovic), BERLIN 07 - COMPETITION

CAST

Marianne Faithfull, Miki Manojlovic, Kevin Bishop, Siobhan Hewlett

PRESS QUOTES

"Irina Palm," directed by Sam Garbarski from a screenplay by Philippe Blasband and Martin Herron, does rise slightly above the silly cliches embedded in its story. This is mostly because of Marianne Faithfull, who plays Maggie ... the rather shopworn plot of  "Irina Palm" is buoyed by Mr. Garbarski's sense of realism - he manages to make the movie look and feel as if it were a slice-of-life drama rather than a preposterous fable - and above all by Ms. Faithfull. Without showiness or actorly straining - but with a faint aura of rock 'n' roll sexual glamour still hovering around her - Ms. Faithfull explores a full and fascinating range of emotion. Maggie is weary and timid at first, bruised by grief and by a sense of diminished prospects. To see her recover her toughness and humor is moving and satisfying despite the dubious narrative machinery that enables her rebirth. "Irina Palm" is, for the most part, a phony trifle, but at its heart, somehow, is a real and fascinating person.
A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES

Faithfull’s performance is a major one. Casting an iconic ’60s libertine in the titular role may seem cute, but the actor’s sad-clown rictus and faint smiles nullify any deal-breaking bathos. A series of pandering last-act moments—confronting judgmental friends, repairing familial damage—breaks the spell, but Faithfull’s sublime take remains gripping throughout.
David Fear, TIME OUT NY (USA)

Ms. Faithfull turns out to be another actress of a certain age who is well used in a film to which she lends dignity, compassion and gravitas. In her long career she has served such masters of minimalism as William S. Burroughs, Bertolt Brecht and Jean-Luc Godard. She makes Irina Palm a cinematic event worth catching.
Andrew Sarris, THE NEW YORK OBSERVER (USA)

Marianne Faithfull is so composed and convincing at playing a frumpy grandmother that you have to keep reminding yourself that she was, long ago, the bad-girl muse of the Rolling Stones and other blues-rock outlaws ... Faithfull lets her character's inner sensuality slowly leak out as prudence gives way to self-confidence.
Gene Seymour, NEWSDAY (USA)

Marianne Faithfull gets men—and audiences—off as a sex worker with suitably soft hands ... it’s a joy watching Faithfull find the reality and adjust Maggie’s comfort level every time she puts on a fresh smock, settles down in her chair and lubes up her hands in preparation for the first customer of the day.
Mark Peikert, NY PRESS (USA)

Beautifully acted, genuinely heart-tugging film about love, family and, yes, the sex business ... Director Sam Garbarski, working from a script by Philippe Blasband and Martin Herron, doesn't exploit the material for cheap laughs or titillation. He's more interested in the humanity of the story -- the sacrifices people are willing to make for their loved ones ... Marianne Faithfull, 61, has come a long way since her drug-addled days as Mick Jagger's muse. She's an actress, author, singer and songwriter whose maturity and life experience are radiantly reflected in every scene of Irina Palm.'
Rick Warner, BLOOMBERG.COM

Faithfull is marvelous: Once notorious for her own escapades (the drugs, the Stones, the fur rug, that Mars bar), this great-great-niece of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch is no shrinking violet, but she's perfect as a plump, frumpy widow with a huge heart and a hidden talent no one would ever suspect.
Ken Fox, TV GUIDE (USA)