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Camilla (1994)

Cast: Jessica Tandy, Jessica Tandy, Bridget Fonda, more...
Director: Deepa Mehta, Deepa Mehta
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Foreign, Quest, Road Movies, Canada
Running Time: 91 min.
Languages: English
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Jessica Tandy made one of her final screen appearances in this comic road movie. Freda (Bridget Fonda) is a would-be singer and songwriter who would like a career as a performer but lacks the courage; it doesn't help that her husband Vincent (Elias Koteas), a graphic artist, keeps insisting that her interest in music is merely a hobby. Hoping to put some spark back into their marriage, Freda and Vincent take a vacation to Georgia, where they meet Camilla (Jessica Tandy), who lives in the main house near their cottage. Freda discovers that Camilla was once a musician; she claims to have enjoyed a stellar career as a concert violinist in her native Canada, and she knew only the best people (although Freda isn't sure that she believes all Camilla's stories, especially Ghandi's fondness for enemas). While Vincent gets involved in a business deal with Camilla's son Harold (Maury Chaykin), who produces sleazy exploitation films, Camilla regales Freda with stories about her greatest triumph, performing the Brahms Violin Concerto at Toronto's Winter Garden Theater. When Camilla discovers that the Brahms concerto is to be performed soon at the Winter Garden, Camilla and Freda decide that this is something they should see, and the pair hits the road to the Great White North, meeting a remarkable variety of people along the way. Tandy's husband and frequent co-star Hume Cronyn has a supporting role as one of Camilla's former beaus; it was their last picture together. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Less than top-notch Tandy. But who cares? by talltale May 8, 2006 - 8:03 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Jessica Tandy and Bridgette Fonda are both so delightful in CAMILLA that who cares that it's not top-notch Tandy. If only for her memorable--and looney-tune--take on the great Gandhi (and one of his, er, obsessions), this movie is a must-see. Give it a try.

Ms Tandy is sorely missed, and since you probably missed this movie when it first appeared (to unduly nasty reviews), here's a chance to make it up to her (and yourself). I swear, you'll be smiling ear-to-ear as you wander around mumbling, "No, No, Mahatma!" for weeks afterwards. Deepa Mehta ("The Republic of Love" and the "Earth/Fire/Water" trilogy) wrote and directed--quite nicely, too.

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