Hogging the Spotlight

L.V. spends all her time in her room listening to the records that her father loved— Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe. When L.V. thinks no one can hear her, she sings, channeling voices of the various divas through her own. Horrocks does all her own singing, and the sound is extraordinary, to put it mildly. L.V. never sounds more fully and nakedly like herself than when she's evoking someone else. (It's the paradox that underlies all great acting.)

Pig out: Babe hits the streets.
Carolyn Johns
Pig out: Babe hits the streets.


Babe: Pig in the City
Directed by George Miller
Written by Miller, Judy Morris, and Mark Lamprell
A Universal release

Little Voice
Written and directed by Mark Herman, from the play by Jim Cartwright
A Miramax release
Opens December 4

Eventually, she's discovered by a desperate, sleazy talent scout (Michael Caine) who convinces her to perform at the local club. Although the mother-bashing, and the contempt for the working class in general (except for L.V. and Ewan McGregor, as her almost equally shy soul mate, everyone in the film is completely grotesque), nearly drove me out of the theater, the show that Horrocks puts on when she finally takes to the stage is more than worth the wait.

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