Passion Fish
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With his trademark emphasis on character development and dialogue, writer/director John Sayles tells the story of May-Alice Culhane (Mary McDonnell), a New York soap opera actress left paralyzed by a car accident. As the film opens, she lies in a hospital bed, confused and scared, watching her own show on TV and shrieking, "That was supposed to be my closeup!" With no other options, she returns to her family's old and empty Southern home, where she drinks hard, offends every caregiver, and wallows in self-pity. Her outlook begins to changes with the arrival of Chantelle (Alfre… More

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"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"McDonnell makes it work, with the help of Sayles' wonderful script."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Compelling film about two women whose spiritual transformation is precipitated by illness."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Passion Fish has the benefit of Sayles' smart dialogue, his eye for and attention to minor details and the riveting performances of two fine actresses."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The picture is sure-footed and accomplished and, to this point, the auteur's most satisfying marriage of head and heart."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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