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The British comedy drama Venus tells a story of friendship and love between an elderly man, Maurice, and the much younger Jessie, who he refers to as Venus after his favorite painting, Rokeby Venus. The movie stars Peter O'Toole as Maurice in one of his final film roles, alongside famous British actors Vanessa Redgrave and Leslie Phillips.

Maurice spends most of his days with his friend Ian, their friendship takes a turn for the worse when Ian's niece Jessie moves in with him because her other relatives do not agree with her life choices. Maurice is instantly attracted to Jessie and strikes up a strange friendship with the much younger woman, who he attempts to form a relationship with as he battles prostate cancer.

The friendship between Ian and Maurice becomes increasingly strained as Maurice lavishes his attention and savings on Jessie, who initially uses him to buy her gifts and help impress her boyfriend. Maurice becomes increasingly worried about the nature of the friendship between himself and Jessie, the relationship between the two shifts in dominance as Maurice slips further into the clutches of ill health caused by his cancer.

| 2006 | 1 hr 35 min | 7.1/10
Roger Michell

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