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After soap opera actress May-Alice Culhane (Mary McDonnell) has a car accident, she is paralyzed and forced into a wheelchair. She retreats to her family's vacant home in Louisiana and indulges in alcohol and self-pity. When nursing aides come to help, May-Alice unleashes her anger, prompting each to quit. Chantelle (Alfre Woodard), a nurse who desperately needs the job, arrives determined to change May-Alice's outlook. As the two women become friends, they help each other cope with challenges.

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Critic Reviews for Passion Fish

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Audience Reviews for Passion Fish

  • Mar 30, 2012
    The first fifteen minutes or so of "Passion Fish" are misleading, as the film eventually develops into something great. McDonnell and Woodard both deliver powerful performances and Sayles' script is intricate and complex and features character that are incredibly well-developed. "Passion Fish" doesn't start off grand, but the film that it becomes is worth being talked about.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2012
    More for the ladies I think. Not that I don't appreciate a good film made for women but I found I couldn't relate terribly well with the characters.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2008
    Given the premise, the movie is remarkably unsentimental while still managing to be deeply moving. The reason is that Sayles understands the appeal of these kinds of dramas while always grounding the screenplay in realistic uncertainty. McDonnell and Woodard are truly fantastic in this.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2008
    Another great John Sayles film.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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