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Lucy Pannick is drinking too much, but trying to somehow hold together her dysfunctional family comprising of a son who is involved in criminal activities, a brother who suffers from a learning disability and her senile mother. A greedy local bus company, Windmill Transport, has monopolized the public transport in the area and cut important but less profitable services, including one that is vital to the lives of the Pannick family. Donovan Quick, a polite stranger newly arrived in town, comes to the rescue and takes on the windmills by setting up his owner operated one vehicle bus service. Against all odds and expectations, he proves to be an adversary to be reckoned with.
Apart from the currently fashionable under-lighting which puts some scenes in near total darkness this is a most enjoyable & involving drama with ever-smouldering Colin Firth the stranger in town with a past and Katy Murphy (what a wonderful face!) the damsel in distress who he comes to rescue. Her distress involves a mentally-retarded brother, a manipulative, selfish lover, a pile of bills and a Mother who wanders round the house dressed only in her slip.
Donovan buys an old bus and sets up in opposition to the villain of the tale, a monopolistic bus company, Windmill Transport (Geddit?) and battle is joined.
I found one short, violent scene unnecessarily graphic but the plot is beautifully resolved with a most satisfying - and surprising - final scene.
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