Thursday, August 07, 2003

Passionada

I had the opportunity to go to a free screening of Passionada on Tuesday. Normally I wouldn’t bother with a chick flick, but it has Jason Isaacs, and was free. We were asked to let people know about the film, which opens in limited release on August 15th, and so I thought I’d do my part by blogging it.

What can I say, it was a chick flick. It wasn’t as chick flicky as I expected though, which was nice. Sofia Milos plays a Portuguese fisherman’s widow in New Bedford, MA. She is a seamstress by day and sings in a restaurant at night. One night her daughter, played by Emmy Rossum, goes to a casino (enter willing suspension of disbelief #1 – this girl does NOT look 18) and meets Jason Isaacs, a card counter. He helps her win a little at blackjack, which prompts her to ask for card counting lessons. He says no, but then sees her mother sing and he ends up reluctantly striking a deal with her to give card counting lessons in exchange for help in wooing her mother who, although widowed is "the most married woman you’ll ever meet."

It’s a cute movie. Not great, but I don’t expect great from this sort of thing. New Bedford looked lovely though.

I was really unimpressed with Milos. It often seemed like she was unaware that she was supposed to be reacting to other characters. Rossum, on the other hand, was really good. I’m looking forward to seeing what she will do with her career. And I think I will find her easier to watch when she grows up a bit. The word that comes to mind now is 'nubile,' and I just found it a little unsettling.

Would I recommend this film? Well, if you like chick flicks, yes. If you like Jason Isaacs and want to spend two hours with his insanely piercing blue eyes, yes, yes, yes (but that might be more for a rental)

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