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Felicia's Journey (1999)

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Release Date
 USA: Nov 24, 1999
DVD Release Date
 R2: 24 Jul 2000

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and related disturbing images.

Running Time
1 hour, 56 minutes

Country Canada, UK

Studio Alliance Atlantis Communications, Icon Productions

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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Serial Killer, Psychos, Deception, Mental Illness, Psychodrama, Disturbing, Suspense

Plot: Stumbling through the beautifully rendered industrial Midlands, England, in clunky platform shoes, hair fashioned in a childlike ponytail, the young Irish Felicia (Cassidy) plows along in search of the boyfriend who impregnated her and promised to write. Along the way she meets the kindly, middle-aged Joseph Hilditch who offers to help her find her love. However, all is not as it seems--the mild-mannered catering manager of a large factory is, in fact, unhinged. As the story unfolds we follow his attempts to befriend and earn the trust of the guileless Felicia--who, as a product of Irish old world superstition and family dysfunction (a world that Egoyan reveals in sparing yet memorably atmospheric glimpses) is utterly clueless as to his motives. Hilditch, played with a creepy undercurrent intensity by Hoskins, also manages to be truly sympathetic at the same time. A bachelor, he obsessively and ritualistically prepares torturously detailed meals for himself--instructed via videotapes of an old TV cooking program hosted by his late, overbearing French mother, who had forced her unattractive, socially graceless and unwilling young son to be her guinea pig. The legacy of his mother's effect on him is revealed in Hilditch's own precise, neurotic focus on cooking; and in a quiet

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 Directed by
Atom Egoyan
The Sweet Hereafter, Ararat, Exotica
 Written by
Atom Egoyan
The Sweet Hereafter, Ararat, Exotica
William Trevor
My House in Umbria
Bob Hoskins
Brazil, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Enemy at the Gates
Elaine Cassidy
The Others, The Lost World, Disco Pigs
Sheila Reid
Brazil, The Winter Guest, The Dresser
Nizwar Karanj
Dirty Pretty Things
Peter McDonald
Blow Dry, Without News of God, Nora
Kriss Dosanjh
Dirty Pretty Things, East Is East, The Wrong Blonde
 Music By
Mychael Danna
8MM, Girl, Interrupted, The Ice Storm

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