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Margaret's Museum [DVD] [1997]

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  • Actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Kate Nelligan, Clive Russell, Craig Olejnik, Kenneth Welsh
  • Directors: Mort Ransen
  • Writers: Mort Ransen, Gerald Wexler, Sheldon Currie
  • Producers: Brian Donovan, Christopher Zimmer, Claudio Luca, Colin Neale
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Orchid
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C88M1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,197 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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On Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, in the 1940s, Margaret MacNeil (Helena Bonham-Carter) has resolved to have nothing more to do with miners after the pit claimed the lives of both her father and elder brother. She is charmed, however, by Neil Currie (Clive Russell), an ex-miner who washes dishes in the local café. They marry, on the condition that Neil never returns to the mines. When he loses his dish-washing job, however, it seems he has little alternative.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 April 2012
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If you like your WW2 dramas to have extra dimension and oomph, plus a couple of recognisable characters playing outside their usual roles, then this may be a hit for you, too.

Set in a close-knit mining community and where the settler's ancestors souls still have an effect, Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) does odd washing jobs. Having lost both her father and brother down the pit, she lives under her dragon of a mother and with her frail grandfather.

So, when the petite Margaret first encounters the giant Neil (Clive Russell), a bagpipe-playing, Gaelic speaking bit of a softie buffoon, she doesn't know what to make of him. Still having to live and cope with both family and circumstances, will love, a strange sort of love, blossom?

Margaret's Museum isn't just a 'woman's picture'. It does feature a lot of the sort of emotional and domestic drama, traditionally associated with films favoured by women, but as a middle aged bloke myself, this gentle, quirky little drama provided a nice alternative to today's CGI'd crash-bang blockbusters, whilst not being cheesy and sentimental. Bonham Carter displays an appealing and spiky character that it's impossible not to warm to. The titular Museum is mentioned at the end and is not what we might think it to be.

Some natural dialogue swearing and brief nudity earn a certificate 15 classification.

Maybe the title put punters off, so rarely seen is this film. I believe it didn't even get a UK cinema release but was a hit in Canada. For about the cost of a loaf of bread, you can get this charming but still involving drama. Quietly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Arthur M. Blue on 28 Oct. 2009
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I saw this film in Canada, where it was a big box-office hit. For some unfathomable reason it was not circulated in the UK, despite being a Canada/UK joint production, and partly filmed in Scotland. Helena Bonham-Carter and Kate Nelligan are superb and the whole atmosphere of a Nova-Scotian coal-mining community is accurately caught.
I thought, after forty years at sea, that I was fairly hard-bitten, but I came out of the cinema in Vancouver with a lump in my throat.

Arthur Blue
Ardrishaig
Scotland
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2011
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Set in a mining town in 1940's Nova Scotia, a young girl (Helena Bonham Carter, who carries the film on her acting shoulders) falls in love with a gangly miner (Clive Russell) against her mother's (Kate Nelligan) wishes. Having lost both her husband and a son to the mines, she wants something better for her daughter. This critically acclaimed film won six Genie (the Canadian Oscars) awards including acting awards for Bonham Carter for actress, Nelligan for supporting actress and Kenneth Welsh (he plays an uncle) for supporting actor but its reputation seems to not have traveled much farther than its Canadian borders. It's too bad because although it's a grim film, it's not depressing and one can't help but be reminded of John Ford's HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY. It's realistic without any of the usual Hollywood cliches and filler material and has a feeling for its simple but fierce mining community without being condescending. The windswept Nova Scotia locations are lovingly shot by Vic Sarin and the muted score is by Milan Kymlicka. Directed by Mort Ransen and based on the novel by Sheldon Currie.

The DVD from in2film via Great Britain is a full frame transfer rather than wide screen. That aside, it looks good but the audio is on the quiet side and I had to turn it up higher than normal to hear the dialogue properly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isabella Balkert on 1 July 2014
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Helena Bonham Carter, Clive Russel and Kate Nelligan acts their roles so convincingly you are stunned. They are too good for woords.
I don't understand Clive Russel has not been used more. He is a formidable actor and the love Helena Bonham Carter and Clive Russell acts out in this film is Such a treat.

The Film is a small masterpiece, just go for it. It will stay with you for a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By deaf dumb and blind on 9 July 2011
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Helena bonham carter is great as usual.Lovely scenery.Odd little film the way i like them. Well worth the money.If you want something a bit different give it a go.
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A very moving film,it must have been grim back then.
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