For the "Grand Dame" of Film, the long trek was over.
Gwen Neville | Palm Springs, CA | 06/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The film is a tribute to the wisdom and the forgiving nature of an aging mother(Jessica Tandy)who has been kept apart, by choice, from the embrace of the man she has loved by her unwillingness to challenge the selfishness of her coddled son and only child. Her lover was portrayed by her off screen husband(Cronin)whose closing dialog was rendered bitersweet by the subsequent passing of the persona of Miss Daisy snd Ninny Threadgood.An adeptation of a story written by a Canadian author takes the viewer on the delightful voyage of higher learning of two unlikely traveling companions. (Bridget Fonda)accompanies "Camilla" on a trip that begins in a grove of moss covered vines on a sprawling Georgia Plantation and returns her heart to a small flat near Niagra Falls. The plot twists and turns through art imitating life situations that are familiar and amusing. If you are a Jessica Tandy fan it's a must see, if only to bid her a fond farewell and."
An offbeat female buddy picture
Colleen M. Schneider | San Lorenzo, CA USA | 06/24/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Jessica Tandy and Bridget Fonda find themselves on an unlikely buddy adventure when they team up to get away from it all. The movie is funny, touching and just a lot of fun. Not an award-winner but certainly a fun time. If you just want a feel-good movie that will make you smile, this one's for you!"
An Unexpected, Wonderful Breath Of Fresh Air
L. Shirley | fountain valley, ca United States | 05/22/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This review refers to "Camilla" - VHS
So, I found this film at a close-out of VHS at my local video store. after reading the blurb on the back of the box, I was expecting something much different. It said if I liked 'Thelma and Louise"(which I love), that I would love this one. Although I became totally enamored of this film, other then two women on a road trip, it was nothing like T&L. I found it much closer to "Boys On The Side'(another fine women's 'road' film of bonding and friendship). But really, can you even imagine Jessica Tandy packing a pistol, holding up a store at gunpoint, or driving off the Grand Canyon, while fleeing the law. I think not.
It's quite a charmer. The story of two women, one in the twilight of her life(Tandy), who is a bit on the eccentric side and has been under the strong thumb of her controlling son(Maury Chaykin). The other(Bridget Fonda) is just starting her life with her husband and finds herself in his shadow, and she feels the need to make her own mark on the world. Both have strong musical backgrounds, and decide to take a trip from Georgia to Toronto to experience a once in a life time concert. Along the way, the meet with all kinds of pitfalls, losing a car, getting taken in by a con, and becoming the objects of a search and rescue mission at the requests of their frantic son and husband. All only serving to make them stronger and their friendship becomes a thing of beauty.They live out their fantasies on their own time schedule, and have a heck of a great time along the way. You can't help but smile and have a great time with them.
From the moment they set off to the tunes of "Born To Be Wild"(a great little reminder of Peter Fonda's great road trip "Easy Rider"), you are rooting for them to fulfill their dreams. The rest of the soundtrack(which I could not find here), is fabulous as well. Director Deepa Mehta has done a fine job of endearing these two women to us, and Jessica Tandy and Bridget Fonda give touching, poignant and funny portrayals. It's a feel good film of following your dreams that will leave you smiling long after the view, and it's one that will stand up to future viewings.
So, I was expecting Thelma and Louise fare, but was pleasantly surprised instead with an unexpected but wonderfully refreshing breath of fresh air, and a beautiful farewell from Miss Tandy.
Oh and I did notice that this is also available on DVD! - Camilla
Go for it and enjoy the ride....Laurie
also recommended:The Stars Fell on Henrietta
JA Moses | Roanoke, VA, USA | 04/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderfully cast movie. A delightful story that tells a beautiful, heart-warming story. The cast members that were chosen for the parts could not have been better. Bridget Fonda fits the part perfectly. She is not always cast in a roll that amplifies her talent.
What can I say about the always delightful and talented Jessica Tandy!! At the wonderful age of around 82, wow, she is full of spirit and is sorely going to be missed.
Graham Greene plays an interesting character and is a very fine actor. I last saw him in 'The Green Mile' as Arlen Bitterbuck.
This is a very, very good movie. I highly recommend it."