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Brian J. Smith
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
It is sad to see a film like this; that has had so much heart and soul so obviously put into it, but have it not really work in the end. I really wanted it to work, but it just didn't come through. The biggest problem was the script's tendency to rely on convenient (but highly improbable) circumstance...like characters just "happening" to run into each other at just the right time to force the plot to work. In the end, it just didn't all hang together. Some good performances still did not make it believable, but it was still enjoyable to watch.
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