The Bay of Love and Sorrows is a haunting modern tragedy set on the rural shores of New Brunswick's Bay of Miramichi. In late summer 1973, Michael Skid, the son of a well-to-do judge, returns home and rents a dilapidated farm. He begins to spread the gospel of communal ideals, which he has absorbed during his travels in India. His new worldliness and ideas go over well with impoverished siblings Madonna and Silver Brassaurd and the hopelessly naïve Carrie. They go over less well with Tom Donnerel, a young farmer and Carrie's fiancé. Wounded by Tom's derision, Michael befriends ex-convict Everette Hatch, who, recognizing opportunity, exploits Michael's ideas to his advantage. Believing himself capable of understanding people from the other side of the track, Michael fails to recognize that the ex-con is manipulating him and so sets off a catastrophic chain of events in the community. Written by
The main reason that I am giving it a 9 out of 10 is because we never really know what happens to everybody else who survives. It would have been nice to know what happened to Tom and Vincent. I didn't know they were brothers until I read it here. The film opens with silver tongue blonde attractive man who flirts with the people from the wrong side of the tracks. We see another side of Canada, the New Brunswick province. I love Canada too! This film is well-orchestrated with Peter Outerbridge as evil Everett. Elaine Cassidy is great as Carrie. I didn't know the year until the end of the film. I knew it was about the early 1980s judging from their cars. Madonna and Silver's sibling relationship is complicated and only furthered by Silver's involvement in a tragedy which I won't mention. Anyway, a drug deal sinks off the coast of Prince Edward Island and gone are thousands of possible dollars that the gang otherwise would never get their hands on. There is a lot going on in this sleepy town. I have to say that it was worth buying. I don't get to see much of Canadian cinema in New Jersey that I picked it up at a drug store for a dollar. It is truly one of the better movies I have seen in years.
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