Marion Bridge (2003)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
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Average Rating: 6.3/10
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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
Apr 11, 2003 Wide
Aug 17, 2004
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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.
While the situations and characterizations ring true, if a bit melodramatically, the film is so understated that little dramatic effect registers.
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.
Too many scenes are colourless and unimaginative...There's a gap between the pedestrianism of life and the necessary dramatic tension of art [that] this film never bridges.
Given Marion Bridge trots out almost every cliche of the chick flick, it is all the more remarkable that it works as well as it does.
You'll like it because it's really intelligent.
The flick takes its sweet time to deliver the unsolvable life situations in a delicate, real way -- playing out like a good book -- and the solid cast is totally in sync with its rhythm.
[von Carolsfeld's] instincts -- to trust an audience; to be patient and poetic -- are exactly right.
This family drama adapted from his play by Canadian writer/actor Daniel MacIvor ("The Five Senses") plays like a Chekovian take on "Aberdeen"
The gray, lazy Nova Scotia atmosphere helps a great deal.; the cold and fog permeate the film indoors as well as out.
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