The Mermaid Chair CC

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Take a journey of mystery, passion, and self-discovery with Academy Award-winning actress Kim Basinger in a powerful story based on the popular best-seller. The movie follows Jessie, who has just sent her daughter off to school and feels alone and listless in her 20-year-marriage.

Starring:
Kim Basinger, Alex Carter
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes

The Mermaid Chair

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Steven Schachter
Starring Kim Basinger, Alex Carter
Supporting actors Bruce Greenwood, Roberta Maxwell, Debra Mooney, Lorena Gale, Ellie Harvie, Ken Pogue, Tori Anderson, Shaun Johnston, Alex Bruhanski, Terence Kelly, Joanne Wilson, Sy Pederson, L. Harvey Gold, Enid-Raye Adams, Zemphira Gosling, Tammy Gillis, Marsha Regis, Owen Vaags
Studio Lifetime
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I recommend not watching the movie and, instead, reading the book.
Orchid Woman
I was disappointed because I read the book, which was excellent, and the movie just seemed so plodding and boring that I couldn't finish watching it.
SouthernGirl
She chooses a one night stand with a monk over an established relationship with her loving husband.
Tomas

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mahri Linn on September 13, 2010
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This is an excellent film; great cast, beautiful locale, and a unique story. It touches on a really forbidden topic - dissatisfied housewife rushes to tormented mother, meets monk, has affair - who touches on this kind of topic anymore? For that matter, how many monks look like Alex Carter? The best performance, though, is by Bruce Greenwood; the confused husband. His subtle performance of the steady, supportive spouse is so touching, especially when he is shaken by his wife's sudden announcement of wanting time on her own. The guy has great facial expressions of confusion, incredulity, and then that quiet but deadly anger. It'll make you weep! A really good film!!!!!!!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Lane on March 17, 2014
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I thought the movie was well done, and enjoyed watching it. It followed the novel plot fairly well. I did notice that the setting was not the East Coast but the Pacific Northwest. No mention was made of the source of the Mermaid, which is an old Cornish folk tale. That was made clear in the book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By karen bowman on April 4, 2014
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wish I could give it more stars! I am a hopless romantic and this movie fits the bill! plus a beautiful legend throwen in I really love this move and always have! I recommend it to every woman out there! its worth a watch!
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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Dan & Gina on September 7, 2010
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The Mermaid Chair
1 Disc Widescreen, released July 13, 2010

"The Mermaid Chair" was a Lifetime movie from 2006 directed by Steven Schachter based on the book by Sue Monk Kidd. It stars Kim Basinger as Jessie who is struggling in her twenty-year marriage to her husband played by Bruce Greenwood and needs time away when she runs to help her mother who has a quirk for slicing off her fingers on occasion. While on the island she grew up, she finds herself in a mutual attraction with a Benedictine monk, Brother Thomas played by Alex Carter.

In this Lifetime movie, the strong woman feels herself chained down by the limits her marriage has put upon her and she longs to have the spirit of a free mermaid apparently. Her husband is a psychiatrist and places valid calls to her on the island to assess her mother's mental status since she's been cutting off fingers and Jessie immediately is turned off by this so-called controlling behavior he is exhibiting. Something about meeting this monk and his skills in net-weaving, boating, and fishing just really gets her going far enough to place her marriage in jeopardy.

Typically, Jessie has a network of female friends on the island to support her and her mother in this time of crisis including a kooky African woman, a Mermaid tourist attraction shop owner, and her mentally handicapped daughter who can read dogs' minds. They share spiritual stories about mermaids, turtle skulls, and dancing around fires as ways of bringing themselves luck but all it seems to do is motivate Jessie's mother to do some more finger amputation and bury them in the garden as penance for something she won't reveal to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on May 7, 2014
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Unlike some other reviewers, I found the acting fine. Perhaps some wanted to blame the actors for what turned out to be a mawkish story. The plot seemed to want to project nice family sentiment, but involved a married woman having an affair, a monk having an affair, having an affair in daylight on a beach where anyone with binoculars or good eyesight could have seen them getting it on (projecting in the viewer that these two consenting "adults" have the minds of high school kids), and a monk agreeing to help a sick man (who seems in pretty good shape when the event occurs) commit suicide. The author has obviously revised what society deems appropriate - even if one isn't religious - and pronounced it good. So I found it impossible to relate to or care about the characters. Lastly, the overly sentimental film score raised the mawkishness to even greater heights; I had the impression that the score tried to create emotion in the audience to make up for the fact that the script/story wasn't achieving that goal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lonebeaut TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 22, 2014
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And maybe mermaid tales and saints who like to cut off their fingers are mentioned once too often--the symbolism is as subtle as a sledgehammer--but the characters are well-drawn, the affair is saved from looking tawdry even though it's between a married woman and a monk, and it ends the only way it can end, as far as I'm concerned. Along the way, Jessie learns what really happened to end her father's life and is saved from eternal damnation for what she imagined she had done. I'm not a big fan of Kim Basinger, but she gave a muted and dignified performance this time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Orchid Woman on July 6, 2014
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This movie is a very poor adaptation of the book, which was far more complex in it's development of the relationships and conflicts between and within them. At the same time, the book's development of the dominant love relationship was built with more subtlety, believability and palatable tension. The movie has taken a powerful book and transformed it into a true romance "piece of fluff." Kim Basinger just does not work as the main female character. She has been cast wearing beautiful (and appropriate) garments with her long crimped hair stylishly flowing in the wind (when there is wind), giving more of an impression of a high fashion model who is being photographed in a movie set. Overall, I felt like most of the acting was just mediocre to poor. I recommend not watching the movie and, instead, reading the book. It will take more time, but it will not be time wasted.
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