The Shipping News


(out of 5)

Disappointing adaptation of E. Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.  is riveting as a Poughkeepsie newspaper ink-setter whose life does a complete reversal when his estranged aunt () shows up and takes him to their ancestral home in Newfoundland, following the death of his unfaithful wife ().  He gets a job as a reporter for the local paper, falls in love with a beautiful widow () and discovers new strengths in himself that he never thought existed, all the while learning more and more family secrets that heretofore he had no idea about. Spacey’s careful performance and insistence on not overdoing any personal moments is a real strength for this kind of intimate family story, but Lasse Hallstrom fails to direct the film to a real climax and so the movie ends after barely making it past the first act. It is gorgeously photographed, though, and Moore is incredibly lovely as a woman with a few secrets of her own.



Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Golden Globe Awards 2001

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