Marion Bridge (2003)

Marion Bridge



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Movie Info

Thee adult sisters are forced to face the scars of their past as they wait at their mother's deathbed in this drama written by noted Canadian actor Daniel MacIvor. Agnes (Molly Parker) grew up in Sydney, a small town in Nova Scotia; hoping to get away from memories of an unhappy childhood, Agnes moved to Toronto, where she found more than her share of disappointments. When Agnes receives word that her mother Rose (Marguerite McNeil) is in failing health, she returns to Sydney for the first time … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Daniel MacIvor
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On DVD: Aug 17, 2004
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Critic Reviews for Marion Bridge

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

A carefully drawn portrait of family life.

Full Review… | April 18, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A respectable addition to the tragic three sisters oeuvre.

Full Review… | April 18, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Always engaging and often compelling.

Full Review… | April 18, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Takes the raw ingredients of soap opera -- the spilling of family secrets and the opening of old wounds as a parent slips away -- and spins them into something truthful and quietly compelling.

Full Review… | April 17, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

While the situations and characterizations ring true, if a bit melodramatically, the film is so understated that little dramatic effect registers.

April 15, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Parker is very good at conveying Agnes' wobbly mixture of instability and emotional bravery, and Jenkins finds the sad, lonely ache below Theresa's urge to regiment the lives of everyone in the family.

Full Review… | April 11, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Marion Bridge

A trip through the mysterious dynamic of mothers, sisters and complicated families. Layered and darkly optimistic.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

A highly emotional look at three sisters dealing with the impending death of their alcoholic mother, while repairing their relationships with each other and with their past. Terrific acting on the part of all concerned. Agnes (Molly Parker) seems to have sustained the most damage, and has developed strong coping skills while living away, in Toronto. Theresa (Rebecca Jenkins) is the older sister who remained behind and feels responsible for what remnants of their former life can still be found. Louise (Stacy Smith) is the youngest sister, who seems strangely detached from life and has difficulty connecting to those around her. Parker is spectacular and raises the stakes, causing the performances of all three to resonate believably well together. There is harmony in the performances, even as the dissonance of their past keeps making an appearance. The rural, Canadian seacoast scenery creates the atmosphere against which this plays out. Strong direction gave the viewer enough information concerning the past to make the interactions believable without revealing too much. Rather than serving it all up on a platter, one has to dig in to find the nuggets that lead to understanding. But the viewer is rewarded with a film that will lift the spirits as well as evoke a strong reaction to what brought these women to this place.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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