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Rose Hindmarsh finds herself at the centre of a controversy when she meets author Sarah Maloney as she investigates the life of Mary Swann, an obscure poet who was brutally murdered in a small town in rural Ontario.

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Anna Benson Gyles

Writers:

Carol Shields (novel), David Young
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Fricker ... Rose Hindmarch
Miranda Richardson ... Sarah Maloney
Michael Ontkean ... Stephen
David Cubitt ... Brownie
Sean McCann Sean McCann ... Homer
John Neville ... Cruzzi
Sean Hewitt ... Morton Jimroy
Kyra Harper ... Jean
Meg Hogarth ... Mrs. Cruzzi
Suzanne Coy ... Publisher
Joyce Gordon ... Rose's Friend
William Lynn William Lynn ... Rose's Friend
Lynne Deragon Lynne Deragon ... Brownie's Assistant (as Lynn Deragon)
Reiner Schwarz Reiner Schwarz ... TV Interviewer
Michele Muzzi Michele Muzzi ... Bookstore Fan
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Rose Hindmarsh finds herself at the centre of a controversy when she meets author Sarah Maloney as she investigates the life of Mary Swann, an obscure poet who was brutally murdered in a small town in rural Ontario.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis der Mary Swann See more »

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Titillates but does not deliver
29 November 2011 | by maggie-122See all my reviews

The film had no plot advancement. So many possibilities, so little follow through. It's hard to believe the story we were ultimately led to was one of the least interesting paths to follow. Why bother with flashbacks when the murder, and the motive for it, were never fully realized? There was no story arc. The film seemed to fragment and dissipate into nothing.

What was the point of Richardson's stalker? Why did the Ontkean character turn her down sexually citing "bad timing" and then suddenly they fall into each other's arms with no idea of what happened in between? There was a lack of continuity, such as Richardson having sex with the stalker guy she seemed to like at one point, and her nightgown is down to her waist with exposed breast, but in the immediately following shot, her nightgown is fully up, straps and all.

What was the Fricker tumor thing all about? It seemed to be a temporary distraction, as were most of the scenes.

However, I did stay awake through this dud of a film and that's saying something.


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