Margaret's Museum (1995)




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The often tragic lives of the residents of a Nova Scotia coal mining town are viewed through the eyes of a depressed young woman in this grim period drama. Set in the 1940s, the film begins with a brief, intentionally puzzling interlude before flashing back several years to focus on the story of Margaret MacNeil (Helena Bonham Carter). Margaret has suffered through the death of her father and her brother, both of whom perished while working as coal miners, and has subsequently developed a hatred for the mines that provide the town's primary source of economic support. When she finds herself attracted to charming stranger Neil (Clive Russell), she is thrilled to learn that he has no plans to work in the mines. When Margaret and Neil marry over the opposition of Margaret's stern mother (Kate Nelligan), financial troubles force him to go back on his word, with unfortunate results. Based on several short stories by Sheldon Currie, the film draws an unrelentingly bleak picture of its subject, concentrating on the numerous hardships, from black lung to deadly cave-ins, that haunt the coal-mining community, resulting in a gloomy and at times morbid drama.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
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Cabin Fever Entertainment


Helena Bonham Carter
as Margaret MacNeil
Kate Nelligan
as Catherine MacNeil
Clive Russell
as Neil Currie
Kenneth Welsh
as Angus MacNeil
Craig Olejnik
as Jimmy MacNeil
Andrea Morris
as Marilyn Campbell
Peter Boretski
as Grandfather
Barry Dunn
as Mr. Campbell
Norma Dell'Agnese
as Mrs. Campbell
Ida Donovan
as Sarah
Gordon Joe
as Hum Sing
Yow Wah Chee
as Chinese Cook
Liam Hussey
as Peter
Carol Kennedy
as Tourist Woman
Bruce MacLeod
as Mountie
Peter MacLean
as Old man 1
Alec MacDougall
as Old Man 3
Alan MacLeod
as Old Man 4
Emma Fahey
as Alma McLaren
Sam White
as Young man
Amy Jo Lamb
as Young Margaret
Ian Mugford
as Little Boy 1
Billy Fraser
as Little Boy 2
David B. Lamb
as Roddie MacKenzie
Kyle MacNeil
as Band Member
Stewart MacNeil
as Band Member
Aaron Schneider
as Tourist Man
Paul Young
as Doctor 1
Sean Hewitt (II)
as Doctor 2
Matt Zimmerman
as Doctor 3
Peter Marinker
as Hiring man
Leah LeDrew
as Sally
Jodi Lewis
as Kitten
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Critic Reviews for Margaret's Museum

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Impressive Canadian film about a young woman's expression of righteous indignation.

Full Review… | August 26, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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June 13, 2005

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Margaret's Museum

I'm probably over-rating this because it's among the better Canadian movies I've seen... I wouldn't think it stacks up with other movies I've given four stars to, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. Compelling love story and a wonderful performance by Helena Bonham Carter.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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not bad..

Lea Lea
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