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The Mermaid Chair (2006)

A married woman (Basinger) falls in love with a Benedictine monk.

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Nelle
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Kat
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Hepzibah
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Benne
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Father Dominic
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Brother Timothy
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A married woman (Basinger) falls in love with a Benedictine monk.

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A Sereia e o Monge  »

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Brother 'Whit' Thomas: Now that my ladder's gone, I must lie down where all the ladders start, in the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart.
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Add Me ToThe Negative Column
12 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I had several problems with the movie:

(1) The screenplay -- specifically, Kim Basinger's voice over: Movies are not books; they should *show* the action rather than have a voice over *tell* us what's happening. Occasionally I find a movie with a voice over that works, but here it seemed more of a lazy way of writing the script. In fact, it sounded to me as if she was practically reading excerpts from the novel in her voice over.

(2) I felt no emotion in the relationship between Jessie and Brother Thomas and also felt that Alex Carter's acting was pretty bad. That's a significant failure for me in defining Jessie's and Thomas' characters -- with no connection between them, it seemed to me as if she just wanted a stud and that for him it was a matter of being sex-deprived. If it had been properly done, the relationship between them would have given much more context to the story.

(3) With the book, I understood Jessie's mid-life crisis. In the movie, it seemed more like just plain boredom.

On the plus side, I didn't think the movie was so bad as for me to turn off the TV . . . though that thought did occur to me.


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