Margaret's Museum

on January 26, 1996 by Kevin Courrier
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   Helena Bonham Carter ("Mighty Aphrodite") carries this cliche-ridden melodrama about a woman's struggle to find a happy life in the mining town of Cape Breton, New Brunswick. Unlike the mannered waif she played in "A Room With a View," Bonham Carter portrays Margaret--a woman who hates the mines because her father and brother died in them and her mother (Kate Nelligan) was left consumed with bitterness--with a boldness that's both earthy and humorous. But "Margaret's Museum" doesn't fully explore the relationships between the mine and town or even workers and management, instead weaving a blanket of despair until unleashing a gothic finale. Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Kate Nelligan and Clive Russell. Directed by Mort Ransen. Written by Gerald Wexler and Mort Ransen. Produced by Mort Ransen, Christopher Zimmer, Claudio Luca and Steve Clark-Hall. A CFP release. Drama. Rated R for strong language and some sexuality. Running time: 118 min. Screened at the 1995 Toronto fest
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