Writer-director Neil Jordan’s breakthrough film is a brilliant, noir-infused love story. Bob Hoskins (who snagged an Oscar nomination for his performance) plays George, a small-time loser employed as a chauffeur to an enigmatic, high-class call girl. His fascination with her leads him on a dangerous quest through the sordid underbelly of London, where love is a weakness to be exploited and betrayed. —The Criterion Collection
One of Ireland’s most celebrated directors, Neil Jordan has made his name directing moody, often politically charged films that focus largely on themes of love, betrayal, and the darker realms of the human psyche. Born February 25, 1950, in Sligo County, Ireland, Jordan began his career as an acclaimed fiction writer. He entered the film industry in 1981 as a script consultant on John Boorman’s Excalibur, and subsequently made a documentary about the making of the film. After scripting another film, Traveller, Jordan wrote and directed his first film, the stylish 1982 crime drama Angel. Starring Stephen Rea as a saxophone player who witnesses a series of brutal murders, it explored the darker, violent impulses of the human mind, a theme that Jordan would revisit time and again in his later films. After attracting his first wave of international recognition for In the Company of Wolves (1984), his horror-tinged retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood tale, Jordan had his first real success… read more
Neil Jordan is often hit or miss, but when it hits, like Mona Lisa, boy does it fucking work.
It causes anguish to look at Hoskins' filmography after watching this -- why are there so few films capitalizing on his nuance and power in a lead role?
Bob Hoskins really is fantastic here. This is the first Jordan film I have seen and I really liked it. It had a definite Taxi Driver feel to it.
this is early, great jordan. he almost melts into the background with the direction, which is exactly what is called for. bob hoskins is fucking amazing, with the tiniest ticks and the greatest roars, he does it all. i also sort of love michael caine here. the lines are sharp, witty and the work of a writer who was to come to personify irish cinema. this is almost the perfect start from one of my favourites.