Marion Bridge

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Driven away by dysfunction and repressed memories of child abuse at the hands of her father, recovering alcoholic Agnes (Molly Parker) returns home to Sydney, Nova Scotia, upon news that her ill mother, Rose (Marguerite McNeil), is expected to die soon. At home, the damaged Agnes joins her two equally scarred sisters, Theresa (Rebecca Jenkins) and Louise (Stacy Smith), in the caretaking responsibilities of their mother, a reunion that begins the process of emotional healing for the four women.

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Critic Reviews for Marion Bridge

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (4)

  • A carefully drawn portrait of family life.

    April 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A respectable addition to the tragic three sisters oeuvre.

    April 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Always engaging and often compelling.

    April 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • While the situations and characterizations ring true, if a bit melodramatically, the film is so understated that little dramatic effect registers.

    April 15, 2003
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marion Bridge

  • Nov 12, 2009
    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 A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2009
    A trip through the mysterious dynamic of mothers, sisters and complicated families. Layered and darkly optimistic.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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