The Shipping News
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Academy Award(R)-winning stars Kevin Spacey (AMERICAN BEAUTY, Best Actor, 1998) and Judi Dench (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, Best Supporting Actress, 1998) join talents with Julianne Moore (HANNIBAL) and Cate Blanchett (THE LORD OF THE RINGS) in this deeply moving motion picture from the director of CHOCOLAT and THE CIDER HOUSE RULES. After tragedy strikes, Quoyle (Spacey) moves with his daughter from upstate New York to his ancestral home in a small Newfoundland fishing village. With a job at the local newspaper and developing romance with a woman (Moore) who lives with her own demons, Quoyle is transformed by this place of magic, beauty, and hardship. In a compelling story based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Quoyle's past melds with his present in an inspirational journey of self-discovery and second chances.
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The screen play sweeps us immediately into the action with a short turbulent mini-biography depicting how our prospective reporter (Quoyle) falls in love with a high-strung prostitute (Cate Blanchett) named Petal. The analogy to a train-wreck when she sells their little girl to an adoption agency and winds up fataly driving off of a bridge with one of her lovers, is a precursor to her later appearance as a ghost, only by then the malice has already spent itself. And in this collage of incredibly damaged individuals, she was his first genuine love interest. Oddly, amidst extreme distress our psyche clings hardest to the memory of love, however brief.
This isn't inactive drama. It's got sex and fights and deaths and guts, and when a new love interest surfaces for our now single parent, he struggles to overcome foot-in-mouth syndrome, blithely unaware that she too has a conflicted past. I'm only mentioning it because out of the blue, while he's attending a party for a co-worker and getting smashed, another party guest just blurts out that his new girl friend's ex-husband isn't really dead, he just nailed most of the women in town, and split -- leaving his wife and little boy, and her pretending to be a widow. It's a real head game, because it's a running joke in this small town to speculate whether this kid or that one was really his. And this all slips by so fast before you're even certain who they were talking about, our budding journalist is staggering into her house demanding to know when she was going to tell him she was still hooked-up to another guy. (Appropriately laced with colorful expletives of course). And anything but boring.
I wanted better picture quality, so I got the Blu-ray version. It looked a LOT better.
HOWEVER, the Blu-ray has no special features of any kind - and it does NOT have subtitles.
We first visited Newfoundland in 2005. Then my husband decided we needed to buy a house up there and found one for less than the price of a used SUV. He had me go up, scope it out and we bought it. It is then that I became familiar with the hearty Newfies and the wonderful land thereof. The people are portrayed well in this movie.
The last time I visited I picked up The Shipping News book at a local book store. At the airport I started reading it and laughing out loud. The characters in the book were just like the people I had left in the town of Trepassey, where our house is located. When I found out it was a movie, I couldn't wait to watch it.
I was not disappointed. The only change from the book is that Quoyle does not have two kids, and while that bothered me for a bit, I got over it and now don't think about it when I watch the movie. If you loved the book, you will love this movie. I promise!
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