Shipping News, The

Quick Take: An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.

Hallström, Lasse

111 minutes
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year released



Phantom’s Rating...

Phantom’s review: A story of triumph of the human spirit, The Shipping News stars Kevin Spacey as Quoyle, a not-so-bright bumbler who has wondered through life primarily as a helpless victim. After the death of his wife (Cate Blanchett) and parents, he is convinced by an aunt (Dame Judi Dench) to move to their ancestral home near a remote fishing village in Newfoundland. His new life begins with a new job as a newspaper reporter (which explains the film's title) and a new school for his daughter (played by triplets Alyssa, Kaitlyn and Lauren Gainer), who has a new teacher (Julianne Moore).

During the course of the film, we see Quoyle experiencing events that help to transform him from a powerless ragdoll to an accountable adult. In the end, however, are generational wounds healed and are the ghosts from ancestral crimes absolved?? You be the judge! No matter the answer, I really enjoyed this film. Of course, I've been told that the book is much better than the film (what book isn't!), so now it`s on to the book...

Spacey, Kevin
Moore, Julianne
Dench, Judi
Blanchett, Cate
Postlethwaite, Pete
Glenn, Scott
Ifans, Rhys
Pinsent, Gordon
Behr, Jason
Pine, Larry

Emmanuel Lopez

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