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The Shipping News Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Pete Postlethwaite, Cate Blanchett

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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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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   (General) search for meaning/identity Lover is...    -   totally uninterested

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   swimming on    -   drowning    -   sail boat Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Atlantic Ocean Island

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing nude female butt    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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