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Margaret's Museum [DVD] [2007]

Helena Bonham Carter , Clive Russell , Mort Ransen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Clive Russell, Kate Nelligan, Craig Olejnik, Kenneth Welsh
  • Directors: Mort Ransen
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: In 2 Film
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P1KTIW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,408 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 1940's set Nova-Scotian quirky drama 16 April 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Margaret's Museum 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 28 Dec 2013
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I watched this dvd but I wasn't that impressed with it. It is not one that I would watch again. It was quite depressing
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3.0 out of 5 stars A great movie butchered by censorship 27 Dec 2013
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This is a beautifully made movie with some great performances from the actors, but the DVD version has been severely censored and cut. The original movie ran for 114 minutes and contained a passionate, but quite appropriate love scene. This monstrosity runs for 95 minutes and has been chopped in several places.
Why? There is nothing in the original movie that is offensive or prurient, so what's the problem?
Even the opening scene, which is quite beatifully filmed, contains cuts for reasons I cannot fathom. Why cut almost 20 minutes of a movie for a DVD release?
Helena Bonham-Carter is excellent in the lead role playing a quirky young woman whose family and coal mining community have seen tragedy and loss. The arrival of a gruff but soft hearted Scotsman signals the start of an amusing and touching romance. But the spectre of the pit hangs over the community like darkness and there, inevitably, the drama unfolds. The final denouement is both unexpected and shocking, but brings us back to the opening scene.
The DVD is presented in the original 4:3 ratio.

The movie is worth watching even with the cuts but it's not the same movie that was originally made so it only gets 3 stars instead of 5.
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