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Irina Palm

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Middle-aged Maggie must find a way to get enough money for her grandson's lifesaving medical treatment. With all financial resources exhausted, Maggie tries her best to lift the dwindling hopes of her only son Tom and his wife Sarah.
When a 'Hostess wanted' sign catches her eye, Maggie naively stumbles into a city sex club. The true job description is quite a surprise for the respectable middle class widow, even if she isn't a prude. But unskilled Maggie accepts this as her fastest way to urgently needed cash and her very last option, having already sold her own home to pay for little Olly's hospital bills.
Shy Maggie has a rough start at 'Sexy World', more than just a train ride from her conservative suburb. Wisecracking colleague Luisa shows her the ropes and the two strike a touching friendship. Tough guy owner Miki, a real ladies man, reveals a soft spot for dutiful Maggie, and transforms her into the much-in-demand and lucrative Irina Palm.  Maggie outrageously proves to herself that she's not so old and useless after all.
Maggie's double life quickly attracts the attention of her gossipy neighbour's prying eyes. The headstrong woman remains steadfastly discreet, keeping the money's origins secret from even her own suspicious son. But discovery is inevitable and Maggie must confront provincial hypocrisy's ugly face, as well as question her own morals. As she holds her head high, gracious Maggie just might find more than family love.


Type of film
Running Time
103 mins
Sam Garbarski
Sebastian Delloye, Diana Elbaum ,Thanassis Karathanos, Karl Baumgarner, Jani Thiltges, Claude Waringo, Christine Alderson
Ludo Troch
Martin Herron, Philippe Blasband
Director of Photography
Christophe Beaucarne
Principal Cast
Marianne Faithfull, Miki Manojlovic, Kevin Bishop, Siobhan Hewlett, Dorka Gryllus, Jenny Agutter, Corey Burke, Meg Wynn-Owen, Susan Hitch, Flip Webster
Sound mixer
Thomas Gauder


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Last updated 22nd October 2007

Production Company

Entre Chien et Loup - Belgium
Pallas Film - Germany
Samsa Film - Luxembourg
Ipso Facto Films - UK
Liaison Cinematographique - France
Ateliers de Baere - Belgium
RTBF Television - Belgium


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