Passion Fish

Passion Fish

DVD - 1998
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A handicapped ex-soap opera star and her nurse explore the murkier aspects of men, romance, and family in the Louisiana bayou.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Tristar Home Video, c1998.
ISBN: 9780767821438
Branch Call Number: DVD Passion 7-DAY 1992
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Feb 11, 2017

Wonderful sleeper of a movie, that did not get all of the attention that it richly deserves. Great performances by all, great Louisiana music soundtrack, and terrific scenes of home, the Louisiana Bayou. Just imagine if you will, a modern day Kate Chopin story put on film. Highly recommended. Note: The film is not really about the sexuality of a female paraplegic; that is only an incidental part of the story.

Mar 19, 2013

Two thumbs up! Mary McDonnell and Alfre Woodard are excellent in this movie, with a real chemistry between them. I love that this film acknowledges some of the issues which paraplegics confront: the loss of one's old life because of a traumatic injury, how hard it is to motivate oneself to work out/struggle/get off the couch and go outside, how hard it is to get back in the wheelchair after falling out, and how the same injury that renders one wheelchair-bound also affects one's sexuality. It's especially unusual to see a feature film tackle the issue of the sexuality of a *female* paraplegic. As a woman in a wheelchair, I strongly empathized with the main character, even though this film only tackles a fraction of the issues we struggle with as newly injured paras. But the movie is not about being in a wheelchair or being paralyzed from the waist down; it is about a woman, powerful friendships, and dealing with life in general.

This is not a Pollyanna-ish story where everything comes out hunky-dory in the end -- in fact, everything is so complicated in the end that it left me thinking for a long time afterward about how the characters' lives would turn out.

The setting (Louisiana bayou) is gorgeous and the actors' accents come off sounding very authentic to me (although I'm not a good judge because I'm not from Louisiana). I feel like the place (the bayou) was an additional character in the movie!


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