After a whirlwind affair with a very irresponsible and loose woman, and the death of his parents, a not-very-intelligent fellow meets his long-lost aunt and they take his broken spirit and small daughter to their family's ancestral home in Newfoundland. He finds a job reporting on ship traffic for the local paper, and finds himself drawn to a widow and her small boy who has cerebral palsy. His fear of water, his daughter's visions, and the secrets of the people around them steadily play out in this story based on E. Annie Proulx's dry and brooding novel. Spacey is excellent as always, playing a dumb and broken man who grows into himself; Dench is equally marvelous as the aunt; and Moore underplays well as the widow Wavey. The film is surprisingly funny at times, a bit choppy and over-earnest, and conveys the stark, awe-ful beauty of icy, rocky Newfoundland.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus