After attempting historical dramas and multi-character urban sagas, John Sayles returns here to the kind of small, intimate film with which he first established his reputation.
PASSION FISH opens on a typically vivid Sayles image: soap opera actress Mary-Alice Culhane (Mary McDonnell) lying immobile in a hospital bed, watching herself walking and talking on TV. The nurse tells her she's been paralyzed from the waist down in a traffic accident (she was on her way to have
her legs waxed), but her fear and anger have immobilized her as well: she refuses to participate in her physical therapy, and drowns her sorrows in endless TV watching and drinking. Moving back t...