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Marion Bridge

Marion Bridge (2003)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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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

Aug 17, 2004

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (4) | DVD (3)

A carefully drawn portrait of family life.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A respectable addition to the tragic three sisters oeuvre.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Always engaging and often compelling.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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
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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.

April 11, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

April 18, 2003
Jam! Movies

You'll like it because it's really intelligent.

April 18, 2003
Jam! Movies

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.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

[von Carolsfeld's] instincts -- to trust an audience; to be patient and poetic -- are exactly right.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

This family drama adapted from his play by Canadian writer/actor Daniel MacIvor ("The Five Senses") plays like a Chekovian take on "Aberdeen"

April 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Small but beautifully acted drama.

April 11, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The gray, lazy Nova Scotia atmosphere helps a great deal.; the cold and fog permeate the film indoors as well as out.

April 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Takes you by surprise by coming right at you, then slowly sneaking around behind you, integrating you into this family.

January 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Hot Button
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Audience Reviews for Marion Bridge

A trip through the mysterious dynamic of mothers, sisters and complicated families. Layered and darkly optimistic.
April 6, 2012
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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.
November 12, 2009
Mark Abell

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