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Little Voice

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Little Voice

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
Wide Release Date:
12/04/98
performer:
Brenda Blethyn, Michael Caine, Jane Horrocks, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent
director:
Mark Herman
distributor:
Miramax
author:
Mark Herman
genre:
Drama, musical, Comedy

We gave it an A-

Richly detailed performances make this quirky drama especially vibrant on the small screen. As the title character in Little Voice, a reclusive mouse of a young woman, Horrocks alternates between compelling, bedeviled silence and a transported glow when she bursts into imitations of Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, and other musical muses. Completing the domestic scene, Blethyn conveys pathos even as she bellows through her hilarious role as Horrocks’ rhino of a mother. And Caine, playing the low-life talent agent who tries to cash in on Horrocks’ gift, sets new standards for turning on the smarm. A-

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