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FELICIA'S JOURNEY

Written and directed by Atom Egoyan

Hoskins is, as one might expect, an excellent choice for the role of Hilditch and so convincing that you may leave the theater wanting to beat him senseless. His accent is a little peculiar, so eccentric as to almost seem phony at times, but it fits the character well. Cassidy is more understated but equally good; she looks like an actual Irish runaway rather than an actress playing one. The tension is always compelling, but the tone of the piece is relentlessly dark -- imagine, for instance, if Happiness had been just about the pedophile. Felicia's Journey is not everybody's cup of tea. But once you've seen it, you certainly won't forget it.

Opens Nov. 24 at the Plaza Frontenac.

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