Passion Fish (1992)
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Critic Reviews for Passion Fish
Passion Fish drifts slowly by, like the turgid waters of Louisiana's bayous. Yet with his novelist's eye and story sense, and two brilliantly paired actresses, John Sayles pulls us ever deeper into the lives of a bitter paraplegic actress and her nurse.
A tightly-focused narrative about interior struggles and unexpected changes, the film is a cynical anti-Reagan story about monetary success and class distinctions, a political fable about female survivors.
Compelling film about two women whose spiritual transformation is precipitated by illness.
The picture is sure-footed and accomplished and, to this point, the auteur's most satisfying marriage of head and heart.
McDonnell makes it work, with the help of Sayles' wonderful script.
Audience Reviews for Passion Fish
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.
I really DIDN'T think I was going to like this film, and I ended up REALLY liking it. And if I ever audition for anything, I'm totally using the "I didn't ask for the anal probe" monologue too.
Its remarkable that a film about a recently crippled woman, who returns to her Louisiana hometown, and is subsequently cared for by a black woman who was a former drug addict never even comes close to being cheesy or feel like a one of those stupid lifetime movies. I owe that to John Sayles who allows the characters to drive the story. Mary McDonnell is one of the most underrated actresses alive and she gives a brilliant performance as the former Soap star who now must cope with life as a paraplegic. Alfre Woodard, who is ironically known for doing a lot of Hallmark movies, is surprisingly restrained as the nurse. The film hardly ever enters cliche' territory. What I really loved was at the end, both characters have grown considerably, but neither one has any real clue about the future.
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