Random Passage (2002)

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This film follows a courageous woman's journey from servitude in England to the harsh life of Outport Newfoundland. Along the way she endures many hardships, including attempted rape and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
 Thomas Hutchings
Aoife McMahon ...
 Mary "Bundle" Keane
Deborah Pollitt ...
 Lavinia Andrews
Daniel Payne ...
 Ned Andrews
Brenda Devine ...
 Jennie Andrews
Ruth Lawrence ...
 Hazel Andrews
Darragh Kelly ...
 Tim Toope
Mike Daly ...
 Ben Andrews
Mary-Lynn Bernard ...
 Sarah Vincent
Michelle Rex ...
 Meg Andrews
Philip Dinn ...
 Josh Vincent
 Mrs. Armstrong
Andy Jones ...
 Mr. Armstrong
Des Walsh ...
 Captain Brennan
Andrew Younghusband ...
 Matt Escott


This film follows a courageous woman's journey from servitude in England to the harsh life of Outport Newfoundland. Along the way she endures many hardships, including attempted rape and being abandoned by the father of her child. Written by Fryingham

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A must see. Absolutely gripping.
27 March 2006 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

This is an incredibly good movie series. The characters are complex, gutsy, well defined and you fall in love with them, warts and all. It is almost like watching your own family members deal with tragedy after tragedy. It is about the grim realities of life in Canada in a fishing village perhaps 200 years ago. Death stalks in many ways. I have great admiration for my ancestors to have made it through times like this. I know I never could.

I would have given the movie my first 10 were in not some glaring anachronisms where for some idiotic reason there are a few scenes with a female actor in modern makeup complete with pencilled eyebrows.

You would think a movie about salting fish would be boring as all get out, but I can't think of a movie that drew me in more so that it felt like it was part of my own life. It is a heart wrenching combination of the achingly beautiful and utterly unbearable. It is not in the least predicable or boring. It feels like real life.

"When boys first go to bed, They step into their voluntary graves, Sleep binds them fast; only their breath Makes them not dead: Successive nights, like rolling waves, Convey them quickly, who are bound for death." ~ George Herbert, Mortification

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