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Marion Bridge (2002)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  18 April 2003 (Canada)
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Three estranged sisters reunite to care for their dying mother and old conflicts and secrets return to the surface.

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Agnes
Rebecca Jenkins ...
Theresa
Stacy Smith ...
Louise
Marguerite McNeil ...
Rose
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Hollis McLaren ...
Chrissy
Emmy Alcorn ...
Dory
Joseph Rutten ...
Ken
Nicola Lipman ...
Valerie
Jackie Torrens ...
Marlene
Kevin Curran ...
Sandy
Ashley MacIsaac ...
Mickey
Heather Rankin ...
Sue
Linda Busby ...
Evie
Stephen Manuel ...
Tavern Bartender
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Agnes returns to her hometown in Nova Scotia to reunite with her estranged sisters and care for her dying mother. As they tend to their mother, family secrets emerge and disrupt the sisters' fragile dynamic. Written by Anonymous

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Agnes, Theresa and Louise are watching the movie The Five Senses (1999) on television. The particular scene of the movie shown solely features actor Daniel MacIvor. Daniel MacIvor is the screenwriter for this movie. See more »

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Intelligent, character-driven drama - with a kick like a mule.
10 December 2010 | by (Old London, New England) – See all my reviews

The opening moments of 'Marion Bridge' reveal several clever touches which sketch in the details of the film's two principal characters, as thirty-something Agnes waits for her sister Theresa at a Nova Scotia airport bar after arriving from Toronto. First Agnes decides against lighting a cigarette after catching sight of a security guard authority figure - and later, after Theresa appears, declines to finish her drink as the sisters greet each other with noticeable coolness. When Theresa comments tartly on the large size of her sister's suitcase, and Agnes responds with some defensive justifications, Theresa then laboriously hefts the oversize case through the airport while spurning to use its wheels.

The insight into prickly family dynamics provided by this early sequence sets the nuanced tone for the remainder of "Marion Bridge". On arrival at the family home, where a third sister also resides, the reason for Agnes' homecoming is soon apparent: her mother is dying of cancer at the local hospital. Over the course of the film, the hidden narrative of the three sisters' family history is gradually illuminated by an intelligent and sensitive script that appears to have inspired exceptional performances from both cast and crew. The mystery of 'Marion Bridge' unfolds without theatrics, until it arrives at an ending that is as elegantly understated as the introductory passage - except that it has the impact of a punch to the gut. 'Marion Bridge' is a rare gem - to say any more could spoil the effect, and that would truly be a shame.


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