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Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) is a newspaper inksetter in Poughkeepsie, silently suffering in a marriage of inconvenience to a woman, Petal (Cate Blanchett) who doesn't love him and is keen to put their baby daughter up for adoption. Petal is killed in an accident however, and worse, Quoyle's parents both die fairly soon after in a dual-suicide. At the funeral he meets his aunt (Judi Dench) who persuades him the time is right to move back to his ancestral home, Newfoundland. With his disturbed daughter Bunny (Kaitlyn Gainer) in tow. Despite the isolated and traditional atmosphere of the small village Quoyle forms a relationship with local divorcee Wavey Prowse (Julianne Moore) with whose handicapped son Bunny forms a friendship. He soon lands a job reporting the shipping news for a local paper and starts to rediscover a meaning to life, the nascent relationship with Wavey offering hope and redemption.
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After tragedy strike, Quoyle (Spacey) moves with his daughter from from upstate New York to his ancestral home in a small Newfoundland fishing village. With a job at the local newspaper and developing romance with a woman (Moore) who lives with her own demons, Quoyle is transformed by this place of magic, beauty and hardship. In a compelling story based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Quoyle's past melds with his present in an inspirational journey of self-discovery and second chances.
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Kevin Spacey plays Quoyle, a meek, wounded man from Poughkeepsie. He has always failed at whatever he does, according to his father and his wife. He meets his wife appeal, played by Cate Blanchett, at a gas station, as she argues with her present boy friend and jumps in Quole's car. Petal knows a mark when she sees one. She and Quole get pregnant, she has a girl named Bunny. Quole takes care if the baby while Petal carries on her affairs, under his roof! Time takes care of Petal and then Quole's parents die. His unknown to him, Aunt Agnis, played by Dame JudimDench,comes to pay respects.
Aunt Agnis convinces Quole to move to their old homestead in Newfoundland. This house is so decrepit and open to the weather that only in the movies could it be made into a home. Quoyle gets a job on the local paper, where arguments go on and on about sailing vessels vs. oil tankers. Quole also meets Wavey, played by Julianne Moore, a local daycare provider. Quole finds surprises around many corners. Lies untold and life moves in.
I love Kevin Spacey, but in this kind of role he did not ring true. And, Dame Judi Dench what was she doing here?
Great actors abound in a so so film. Loved the book, liked the film.
Recommended. prisrob 10-09-13
When she leaves him and is killed in a car accident, he is left alone with his young daughter and a heart full of grief and anguish. That's when this movie really begins. He leaves what little he has behind and travels with his aunt Agnis to New Foundland where his family has a long (and not so sterling) history going back generations to a house pulled up a hill by rope by his ancestors. The dark and beautiful New Foundland coast stands against the harsh winds and is the perfect place for Quoyle to start his life over.
He gets a job writing for the local paper and slowly gains some measure of self respect. He notices beautiful Julianne Moore (in a wonderful performance) but can not articulate to her his slowly growing attraction to her and settles for the friendship she offers. As she begins to see the kind and decent man inside Quoyle he has trouble responding himself because of the damage done to his heart by his dead wife.
There is something magical about this film. There are colorful characters, mysteries unfolding about Quoyle's ancestors, the house his daughter hears speaking to her, and the larger mystery Quoyle must solve, can you love and be loved in return without pain?
This is a slowly unfolding and richly rewarding film that will stay with you a long time. Kevin Spacey gives one of his finest performances as a man finding his way and learning to heal. I can not say enough good things about this film. If you long for more than most movies have to offer then buy this film and remind yourself that quiet and moving stories are still being made. A movie you must own.
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