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Passionada (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Drama | 16 June 2002 (USA)
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Passionada is a romantic comedy about a Portuguese widow whose husband, a fisherman, died at sea. The widow's naive teenage daughter wants to be a professional gambler and she convinces her... See full summary »

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Dan Ireland

Writers:

David Bakalar (story), Jim Jermanok (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Isaacs ... Charles Beck
Sofia Milos ... Celia Amonte
Emmy Rossum ... Vicky Amonte
Theresa Russell ... Lois Vargas
Lupe Ontiveros ... Angelica Amonte
Seymour Cassel ... Daniel Vargas
Chris Tardio ... Gianni Martinez
Benjamin Mouton ... Frankie the Pit Boss
Robert Montano ... Father Emmanuel
Luis Colina ... Anthony
Bill Burr ... Blackjack Player
Russ Vigilante Russ Vigilante ... Roberto
Anthero Montenegro ... Joseph Amonte
George Gund ... Fisherman
Shawn FitzGerald Shawn FitzGerald ... Blackjack Dealer
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Storyline

Passionada is a romantic comedy about a Portuguese widow whose husband, a fisherman, died at sea. The widow's naive teenage daughter wants to be a professional gambler and she convinces her mother to date a British man who's new in town. The widow falls for the Brit, a professional gambler who pretends to be in the fishing business. Written by Anonymous

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Vicky wants what's best for her mother. Charlie's close enough. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and a conversation about drugs | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

16 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Con pasión See more »

Filming Locations:

Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,568, 17 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$536,906, 28 September 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The DVD includes two deleted scenes: a dance scene showing Vicky in a club an alternate ending in which Charly goes to play Poker with Russian gangsters and gets beaten up for cheating and saving Vicky (who was searching for Charly) See more »

Quotes

Celia Amonte: I just didn't think if you as the sailor type...
Charlie: Oh 'cause you haven't seen my gills.
Celia Amonte: [laughs]
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Triste Sina
Performed by Mísia
Written by Nóbrega e Sousa and Jerónimo Bragança
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Fado means fate in Portuguese
7 May 2006 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Passionada (2002), directed by Dan Ireland, is a love story that will either fascinate or frustrate you. Some have called Passionada formulaic, and the film certainly begins with boy meets girl and continues from there, but I bought into the film and the love story, and I enjoyed the movie.

Although the basic plot is not subtle, the sense of the Portuguese ethnic community in New Bedford is well portrayed, and the singing of fado--central to the story--is wonderful. (The young fadista Misia provides the fado singing for Sofia Milos--the film is worth seeing for the music alone.)

Sofia Milos portrays a beautiful young widow. Much is made of the fact that she doesn't look old enough to be the mother of Emmy Rossum, who was 16 when the movie was filmed. Actually, Milos could be the mother of a 16-year-old, but she's so youthful and attractive that it's hard to think of her as the somewhat older and wiser woman she's supposed to be portraying.

Anyway, who cares? If you want to see a movie with gritty realism about the hardships of widowhood or the fishing industry, see a different film. If you want to see a love story set in scenic New Bedford, and accompanied by the fado, see Passionada.


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