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Blessed Stranger: After Flight 111 (2000)

The mother of one of the victims of the crash of Swissair flight 111 meets, in Nova Scotia, with one of the fishermen who assisted with the rescue mission.

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Kate O'Rourke
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Everett Barkhouse
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Sandy Martel (as Stacey Smith)
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Cheryl Barkhouse
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Emma O'Rourke
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Earl Barkhouse
Martha Irving ...
Donna Rafuse
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Vern Rafuse
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Bruno Mettler
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Wendell Gillis
Mauralea Austin ...
Brenda Gillis
Bill MacDonald ...
Elliot
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Renee
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Dr. Butt
Adrien Dixon ...
Davey Barkhouse (as Adrian Dixon)
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The mother of one of the victims of the crash of Swissair flight 111 meets, in Nova Scotia, with one of the fishermen who assisted with the rescue mission.

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17 October 2000 (Canada)  »

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A Tragédia do Vôo 111  »

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Kate O'Rourke: Just forget it. God, I hate this place. I hate all this weeping, the sad smiles, everybody standing around trying to pretend there's some meaning in any of this. This is bullshit.
Sandy Martel: Kate, why don't we go back to Donna's and...?
Kate O'Rourke: No, we're not having any more tea, we're not having any more cake. And if anybody uses the word "closure" to me one more time, I will scream.
Sandy Martel: I'm sorry, I just thought...
Kate O'Rourke: Why should you be sorry? You didn't organize this kitsch performance.
Father Bell: She's just trying to help you, ...
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The mother of a victim of a plane crash and a fisherman who aided in the recovery effort find solace in sharing their experience.
21 March 2003 | by (West Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

A slowly paced and very well written film that follows the parallel stories of the mother of one of flight 111's victims, and a fisherman who helps with the recovery effort. By opening after the crash, the film ablely conveys the horror and tragedy of it without resorting to gratuitous footage. Kate Nelligan plays the mother and gives a nuanced performance, conveying her transformation from shock to denial to grief with authenticity. The details of the fisherman's life are doled out in small samples only when needed, giving the character a richness and honesty that is compelling. Details such as how the victim's belongings are identified add to the immediacy and tragedy of the story without overwhelming the viewer. The writer develops the plot by using flashbacks to hint at what lies beneath the grief and shock that both characters feel. Despite the fact that a few of the other characters seem superfluous, as they are never developed, the core of the story is solid. Though a sense of the ending is predictable, the story never resorts to cliches and never becomes too saccharine, making the conclusion a satisfying one.


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