5 October 2015

Little Voice

Little Voice 1998
  • Director: Mark Herman
  • Based on novel: No
  • Cast: Jane Horrocks, Ewan McGregor, Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn, Philip Jackson, Annette Badland, Jim Broadbent
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Jane Horrocks – Absolutely Fabulous, Gracie, Corpse Bride, Born Romantic, Life Is Sweet
    • Ewan McGregor – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Island, Big Fish, Young Adam, Star Wars, Moulin Rouge, Velvet Goldmine, A Life Less Ordinary, Brassed Off, Karaoke, Trainspotting, Shallow Grave
    • Michael Caine – the Batman trilogy, Inception, Sleuth (both versions), The Prestige, Children of Men, The Weather Man, Last Orders, Get Carter, Cider House Rules, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mona Lisa, Educating Rita, Alfie
    • Brenda Blethyn – Vera, London River, Atonement, Saving Grace, Secrets and Lies, King Lear, Henry VI Part One
    • Philip Jackson – My Week with Marilyn, Brassed Off
    • Annette Badland – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Angels and Insects
    • Jim Broadbent Harry Potter, Filth, Another Year, The Young Victoria, Hot Fuzz, Vera Drake, Nicholas Nickleby, Gangs of New York, Moulin Rouge, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Topsy-Turvy, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Richard III, The Crying Game, Enchanted April, Life Is Sweet, Brazil, Black Adder
  • Why? Jane Horrocks, Ewan McGregor
  • Seen: 3 or 4 times previously. Now 20 September 2015  

Many of you probably think of Jane Horrocks as the absolutely fabulous Bubbles. I associate her with Life Is Sweet and it was for her that I bought this film.
Which is just so good.
LV is a socially inept essentially autistic recluse living with her coarse, fast-living, big mouth mother. LV hides behind her incredibly good singing voice. She can imitate anybody – Marilyn Monroe, Billy Holiday, Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey - and she does so in the privacy of her own room.
Billy is a nice shy lad who works with the telephone company. His best friends are his pigeons.
They find each other, but life isn’t easy. She’s discovered by a sleazy nightclub hustler, Michael Caine, who exploits her talent and tramples all over her, eagerly cheered on by her mother.
Michael Caine and Brenda Blethyn are a treat as middle-aged, alcoholic, sex mad degenerates who are both very vulnerable to life’s hard knocks.
Ewan McGregor is a sweetheart and Jane Horrocks, doing her own singing, is simply brilliant.
If you haven’t seen this film, see it!

5 * of 5


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