Passion Fish

Synopsis: May-Alice Culhane was a successful soap opera star, but a car accident has left her bound to a wheelchair. She returns to her now-empty family home in the bayous of Louisiana which she had eagerly left years before. She drinks heavily and vents her bitterness on the succession of nurses who are hired to take care of her and immediately quit because she is so unbearable. Chantelle is the latest of these nurses, and May-Alice is told that Chantelle is the last nurse she'll get. Chantelle for reasons of her own, is also in a position where she badly needs the job to work out. The movie focuses on how these two women become friends and help each other heal emotionally.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): John Sayles
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
135 min

hang gliders.

I want to go home.

No. Home home, down there.

You're my business manager. You're

supposed to know about this stuff.

Square it with

the insurance company...

and get me outta here.

- Scarlet.

- We read all about your tragedy.

- We were so shocked.

- You're one ot our tavorites.

Could you sign this?

Thank you so much.

You're gonna make a wondertul comeack.

I just know it.

Hold it there as long as you can.

Is that as much as you can do?

I don't have any

upper body strength.

We're gonna get you some.

- Car accident.

- Fucking taxicab.

I was getting out ot one,

another one sideswipes it.

Hit me, took the door right ott.

Fucking kamikazes.

Don't let me push this down.

I was going to have

my legs waxed.

New York City.

- It says you're some kind of actress.

- some kind.

- I was on daytime.

- Daytime?

Soap operas.

Some of my patients watch those.

Yeah, we always got

lots of letters trom shut-ins.

What brings you

down to Louisiana?

I heaRd what a brilliant

therapist you were.

Might not be New York City,

but we do all right.

Can even get your legs waxed here,

if you want.

I have a house here.

Vacation house?

No. I grew up here.

jett Davis Parish.

Could've fooled me.

I spent a fortune

losing my accent.

Okay, there's two kinds ot therapy

I'm gonna work on with you.

One is to strengthen the muscles

you still have control over...

keep your back lined up right,

Increase your range ot motion.

The other is to promote

circulation and tone...

in the areas

you've lost the use of.

I'm not the

wheelchair Olympics type.

May-Alice, you're a T-10

complete spinal lesion.

Whatever movement and sensation you've

lost because of that isn't coming back.

But the rest ot your body, the rest ot

youR lite is whatever you wanna make it.

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John Sayles

John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an American independent film director, screenwriter, editor, actor and novelist. He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Passion Fish (1992) and Lone Star (1996). His film Men with Guns (1997) has been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. His directorial debut, Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980), has been added to the National Film Registry. more…

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