23. Venus (2006) [Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief nudity.]

summary from

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

Non-Conservative Reviews

Abortion/Life Content:

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.

Peter: Terrible.

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.

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