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Min owns the waterfront hotel where Bill, the captain of a fishing boat, lives. Also living and working in the hotel is Nancy, whom Min took in some years ago as an abandoned girl. Now that Nancy is older, the truant officer and the police think that she should be moved to a different environment, and Min is torn between her attachment to Nancy and her concern that the waterfront may not be the best place for a young woman. Matters are brought to a head by the sudden re-appearance of Belle, Nancy's disreputable mother. Written by
The story is set a Pacific Northwest fishing port. It concerns the tragedy of Min, a woman who like Fellini's Cabira,has saved her money and invested in a seaman's hotel which has a restaurant, bar, barber shop and both long and short term rooms. She has had a relationship for years with Bill, a fishing boat skipper who runs a little rum on the side. Years before the action starts Bella, a younger prostitute, has blown into town and dumped her unwanted baby on Min who she figures for a soft touch. After the opening which introduces Min, Nancy and Bill, one of the younger fishermen, creates a crisis by attempting to seduce Nancy with the intent of taking her to a large port to the south and putting her on the street. Min's emotionality devastating actions to protect Nancy are the first step in her self immolation and the rich fulfillment of Nancy's life. Min's fate is not decided by this alone, it is driven by the repeated visitation of Bella, who in her first appearance makes a statement of intent for Nancy no different from the young fisherman's plans. There is also much comic relief, Min's wild ride is not to be missed nor is the battle royal in Bill's room. Remember when watching this that not long before Bill has knocked out a strong young man with hardly more than the flick of his wrist.
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