Mona Lisa

Even before The Crying Game, Irish director Neil Jordan received a first round of critical acclaim for this superb 1986 film, a character study of a man who, just released from prison after 7 years, finds himself as a chauffeur for a high-class call girl  a relationship that leads him into the sordid underbelly of London and its sex trade. Bob Hoskins, in a performance matched only by that in The Long Good Friday, is George, who despite being a small-time criminal has retained an endearing naiveté about the workings of the world he inhabited prior to his incarceration. In 7 years, that lack of awareness has only deepened, not helped by his friendship with best mate Thomas (Robbie Coltrane), a mechanic whos obsessed with detective fiction. Georges ex-wife wants nothing to do with him and his daughter has grown up not even knowing who he is. The underlings of his old boss Mortwell (Michael Caine) organize a new job for him as a driver for Simone (Cathy Tyson), a much sought-after call girl, and despite her initial hostility at his crude appearance and manners, they develop an unlikely bond of friendship...

Year: 1986
Genre: Thrillers & Suspense, Film Festivals 1987, Nick's Favourites, Contemporary Noir
Country: UK
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane
Duration: 104 Minutes
Rating: R16 - Contains violence and offensive language.
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