DIVE BENEATH THE SURFACE.
Timid widower Quoyle (Kevin Spacey), his daughter and aunt (Judi Dench) move to a small Newfoundland community where he starts working as a reporter and gets to know a woman (Julianne Moore) who is nothing like his late, psychotic wife (Cate Blanchett). A Lasse Hallströmified version of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel; the shell is there and everything is perfectly respectable, even engaging for a long time, but there are no surprises, no truly gripping ingredients. It does offer chances though for the excellent cast to excel and the cinematographer to present Newfoundland in a beautifully stark light.
2001-U.S. 111 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Lasse Hallström. Novel: E. Annie Proulx. Cinematography: Oliver Stapleton. Cast: Kevin Spacey (Quoyle), Julianne Moore (Wavey Prowse), Judi Dench (Agnis Hamm), Cate Blanchett, Pete Postlethwaite, Scott Glenn… Rhys Ifans.
Trivia: John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Billy Bob Thornton were allegedly considered for parts in the film.