“Academy Award® nominee Peter O’Toole (2006 Best Actor) leads a powerful cast to deliver a charming and poignant portrayal of Maurice, an aging veteran actor who becomes absolutely taken with Jessie the grandniece of his closest friend. When Maurice tries to soften the petulant and provincial young girl with the benefit of his wisdom and London culture, their give-and-take surprises both Maurice and Jessie as they discover what they don’t know about themselves. Featuring brilliant performances from a superb supporting cast, ‘Venus’ is a witty and wise celebration of how the greatest lessons in life can come from the most unlikely places.”
“Venus” is rated R for language, some sexual content and brief nudity.
All that aside, Peter O’Toole does deliver a unique performance. He shows a lot of energy and even manages to throw in some physical humor. It’s definitely a memorable performance for the 75-year-old actor.
I’d really only recommend this film to fans of Peter O’Toole and anyone that likes independent films. Everyone else will probably be bored or repulsed by it.
This DVD has your standard offering of bonus features. First up is a Feature Commentary with Director Roger Michell and Producer Kevin Loader. Unfortunately O’Toole doesn’t join in. It is followed by 4 minutes of deleted scenes. None of them are particularly noteworthy. Rounding things out is the 14 minute featurette “Venus: A Real Work Of Art”. It’s your standard ‘making of’ video containing interviews with cast and crew, behind the scenes footage, and other such stuff. They discuss shooting in London, filming scenes in the cold weather, the casting, and other shooting challenges.