23. Venus (2006) [Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief nudity.]
summary from imdb.com:
Life for a pair of veteran actors gets turned upside down after they meet a brash teenager.
directed by: Roger Michell
starring: Peter O’Toole, Vanessa Redgrave
Peter O’Toole: It’s the human form, as it is, naked, in its weakness and beauty.
Jodie Whittaker: Oh yeah?
Peter: What would your mother say?
Jodie: She says if I weren’t born, she’d be better off.
Peter: There. You see?
Jodie: Is her name Venus?
Peter: No. Venus is a goddess. Accompanied by Eros, she creates love and desire in us mortals leading often to foolishness and despair. The usual s###. For most men, a woman’s body is the most beautiful thing they will ever see.
Jodie: What’s the most beautiful thing a girl sees? Do you know?
Peter: Her first child. Are you all right?
Peter O’Toole: This other man. The other man who loved you, was he not kind to you?
Jodie Whittaker: He was kind, for a time. He promised me things. He bought me stuff. We had champagne and there were roses.
Peter: Then you got pregnant.
Jodie: Does everyone know?
Peter: It’s happened to girls before.
Jodie: Then… Then he stopped being kind. He went the other way. A long way that way. He were engaged. I didn’t know. It wasn’t a miscarriage. My mum called it that. It were an abortion. And she made me.
Jodie: Yeah. Yeah.
from Literary London:
Moreover, French entirely misses Jessie’s naivety and vulnerability (beautifully and unsentimentally conveyed by Jodie Whittaker) and the way that she develops in the film from being stroppy to self-assured and caring. Contrary to Tim Robey’s criticism of the film, we do learn about Jessie. She has no significant father; a mother who told her it was a mistake she ever had her, and who forced her to have an abortion; a boyfriend who was cruel to her. Jessie is at first unloved and unloving.