Passionada

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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9

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  1. LouH.
    Aug 16, 2003
    10
    Breathtaking Photography, beautiful music, heart warming love story, excellent performances and nice little jewel of a movie.
  2. DianeT.
    Aug 19, 2003
    10
    The best romance I've seen in twenty years!
  3. Kim
    Aug 20, 2003
    9
    It provided everything that I was wanting. I laughed, was teary eyed, was seduced... it was wonderful. The acting as well as, the scenery was lovely. I was pleased with the message (and Charlie's decision) that gambling, most often, ruins ones life. I also enjoyed the ending-- that Charlie ended up accepting the position to 'catch' offenders doing what he used to do (and It provided everything that I was wanting. I laughed, was teary eyed, was seduced... it was wonderful. The acting as well as, the scenery was lovely. I was pleased with the message (and Charlie's decision) that gambling, most often, ruins ones life. I also enjoyed the ending-- that Charlie ended up accepting the position to 'catch' offenders doing what he used to do (and that man can wear a suit! Classy). I really liked it when Charlie reciprocated and prepared "English" cuisine for her. That was so sweet and funny! The only part I was perplexed about was the scene in which Lois visited Celia -after Celia had rejected Charlie- as, I wanted to know what she said to her... (I think they should have let us ?hear? it or, cut that part). Favorite scenes: ? Charlie's 2nd try @ the rest. in asking Ceila to join him for a chat or, drink... he checks his breath...LOL!! ? When she has him to dinner and she is feeding him sample portions of each dish.. the 1st real initiation of their passion...give me back my breath...that was hot:) Expand
  4. DianaD.
    Feb 13, 2004
    9
    It makes you want to live and Love!
  5. BarryR.
    Aug 21, 2003
    8
    Passionada, directed by Dan Ireland and starring Jason Isaacs and Sofia Milos, Emily Rossum and an older Theresa Russell, is a story taking place in the Portugese community in New Bedford, Mass. It is almost like a middle age Mystic Pizza with its charm and simple story of life and "second chances". Component by component, this is not a great movie. The editing is OK, the directing better Passionada, directed by Dan Ireland and starring Jason Isaacs and Sofia Milos, Emily Rossum and an older Theresa Russell, is a story taking place in the Portugese community in New Bedford, Mass. It is almost like a middle age Mystic Pizza with its charm and simple story of life and "second chances". Component by component, this is not a great movie. The editing is OK, the directing better than average and the acting quite good but not extraordinary. However, for whatever reason, the total is greater than the individual parts and you have a nice, simple, easy to watch light comedy that can guarantee you 108 minutes of relaxing movie fare with no agenda except to entertain and watch lives come together in a productive and rewarding way. Romantic comedies can be really difficult to direct and to watch but this movie accomplishes both. Probably no academy award nominations here although the photography is extra special. Under ordinary circumstances one would expect a 7.5 rating but because you walk out of the movie feeling that you have had a really good movie experience, it is, in my opinion, worthy of an 8, the standard being result achieved as well as picture made. Whether you agree with 7.5 or 8, there will be no difference of opinion that this is an enjoyable romantic comedy. Expand
  6. EilidS.
    Aug 17, 2003
    8
    I have seen Passionada compared to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", and have read comments about the presumed copycat nature of the movie, but Passionada was filmed on location in New Bedford two years before any release of the Greek Wedding. Passionada is more subtle, and less slapstick than Greek Wedding. The latter is about first-time true love and the angst of potentially leaving home and I have seen Passionada compared to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", and have read comments about the presumed copycat nature of the movie, but Passionada was filmed on location in New Bedford two years before any release of the Greek Wedding. Passionada is more subtle, and less slapstick than Greek Wedding. The latter is about first-time true love and the angst of potentially leaving home and the family business, while Passionada is about finding love again after wrenching emotional hurt and loss. That they are both centered around ethnic cultual values as an obstacle is the only commonality. The slapstick nature of the extended family members in Greek Wedding bordered on the ridiculous, while Passionada relies more upon portraying real-life Portuguese ethnic and cultural values, including respect for, and adherence to, traditions. Many "Old World" Portuguese widows seen on the streets of New Bedford dress entirely in black, including black scarf head covering. This is a typical sight, and taken in stride in that community. Once widowed, most never marry again. Lupe Ontiveros, as the matriarchal Angelica, Celia's mother-in-law, is wonderful and convincing in her role of keeping the traditions alive, and slow to adapt to modern changes. The mourning that Celia displays for her dearly-loved husband who was lost at sea is a wrenching emotion that those who hail from fishing communities can easily identify and empathize with. Almost everyone knows someone whose fishing vessel never made it back to port, or who was swept overboard during a storm. Celia's pain and loneliness is familiar, and her love so deep for her lost husband that we can easily understand her unwillingness to honor that relationship by not allowing another to take its place. Typical of many Portuguese-American women in New Bedford, she makes her financial contribution to the family by working in a clothing mill, though New Bedford has lost much of its textile industry to states and countries that pay lower wages. She is a good mother and concerned for the welfare of her teenage daughter Vicky. By night, Celia sings fado in local clubs, and through this hauntingly beautiful and moving ethnic music she can release her pain and loneliness and emotion. Sofia Milos is captivating as Celia, and the scenes of her fado performances are breathtaking. Jason Isaacs had very little time to learn his lines after the orginal male lead walked off during the filming. Many of the scenes had to be re-shot. All the more reason to admire Isaac's portrayal of Charlie Beck. The character is certainly a departure from the evil and sinister roles in which he is typically cast (British military sadist in The Patirot, and his more recent role as Professor Malfoy in Harry Potter), and he flexes his comedic and romantic muscles in the likeable-good-guy-with-a-major-human-flaw role (pretending to be rich to woo Celia, or pretending NOT to be a gambler). The film's draw rests on the well-developed roles of Charlie and Celia, the more subtle approach of the comedic parts of the movie, the haunting allure of the fado music throughout, especially Celia's (Sofia Milos) stage and club performances. The film is true to the ethnicity of the Portuguese-American community, as well as to the authentic representation of the scenic location, the haunting fado music, the region's ethnic food, and the liberal use of New Bedford's local citizenry rather than importing extras. The Portuguese festival in the movie is an annual one in New Bedford that draws over 300,000, The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament. There aren't any flashy computer-generated tricks, no over-stimulation of the senses through rocking explosions or startling blasts of music score. No Hollywood trendy tricks for the instant gratification crowd, or the gotta-have-my-infusion-of-horror-and-gore fans. Nope. Just a simple romance that captivates and charms. The role of Vicky (Emily Rossum) could have been a bit better developed, though. Theresa Russell and Seymour Cassel are perfectly cast as Charlie's friends who are in on his secret, and who loyally assist him in wooing Celia while humorously dispensing advice Charlie will not listen to. If you want a film that detonates you with stimulus to make you notice it, this is not the movie for you. If you care to be charmed by a movie that wins you over with its humor, heartache, simplicity and scenery, as well as it's nearly-perfectly-cast actors, then do yourself a favor and allow yourself the chance to be as won over by this little film as Celia is by Charlie. Expand
  7. JohnA.
    Aug 23, 2003
    0
    So-o-o-o boring.
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. It's a good small film for intelligent audiences who like to watch the movie camera explore other regions and other communities -- something all our movies should do more often.
  2. 50
    A cheery version of a darker, grislier movie, one in which people like Daniel beat up people like Charlie, girls like Vicky end up in far more compromising positions, and women like Celia turn to Scotch and prescription drugs to cope with their pain.
  3. Director Dan Ireland and the Jermanoks strive for and achieve a light romantic comedy with humorous, fanciful plotting yet shaded by genuine tenderness and passion.