An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey...Written by
The Quoyle house had been vacant for 44 years, thus the outhouse wasn't maintained either. The outhouse was in a condition that wasn't believable if it would have existed at all after all that time. See more »
[father teaching him literally to sink or swim]
I used to imagine that I'd been given to the wrong family at birth, and that somewhere in the world my real people longed for me. From where my father stood, my failure to dog-paddle was only the first of many failures. Failure to speak clearly, failure to sit up straight, failure to make friends every time we moved to another dreary upstate town. In me, my father recognized a failed life. His own.
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I liked this film immensely. I'm a bit stingy with 9's, so I rated it 8 -- but 8.5 seems better. I wish IMDB allowed such votes. Hallstrom, et al. took Annie Proulx' novel and notched it up. Great performances by most of the cast!
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