New York Times - 03/21/2008
"[B]uoyed by Mr. Garbarski's sense of realism -- he manages to make the movie look and feel as if were a slice-of-life drama....Ms. Faithfull explores a full and fascinating range of emotion."
Los Angeles Times - 03/28/2008
"[P]leasantly diverting, it balances calculation against humanity and generally comes out on top....A key reason for IRINA PALM's success is the actress who plays the title role."
Empire - 07/01/2008 3 stars out of 5 -- "[R]ather sweet....There's a heartwarming quality that softens the hardcore setting."
Belgian director Sam Garbarski assembles an international cast for this thought-provoking drama. Iconic singer and actress Marianne Faithfull stars as Maggie, a middle-aged woman whose desire to pay for her sick grandson's operation takes her down a path she never would have imagined. When she responds to an ad for a "hostess," Maggie soon realizes that she'll be working to fulfill men's physical desires and takes on the appropriate name "Irina Palm." Emir Kusturica favorite Miki Manojlovic costars in this film that played at the Berlin International Film Festival.