name = Passionada
caption = Theatrical release poster
producer = David Bakalar
David Bakalar Jim Jermanok Steve Jermanok
Jason Isaacs Sofia Milos Emmy Rossum Theresa Russell Seymour Cassel
cinematography = Claudio Rocha
editing = Luis Colina
Samuel Goldwyn Films
released = 2002
runtime = 108 min
language = English
imdb_id = 0285879
"Passionada" is a
2002 romantic comedy film. It is directed by Dan Irelandand stars Jason Isaacs, Sofia Milosand Emmy Rossum, co-starring Seymour Casseland Theresa Russell. The story is by David Bakalar, and the screenplayis by Jim Jermanokand Steve Jermanok. The film is set in New Bedford, Massachusetts, a formerly wealthy port town with a sizable population of Portuguese descent.
Celia Amonte (
Sofia Milos) is a Portuguese American widowwho lives in New Bedford, Massachusettswith her daughter Vicky ( Emmy Rossum). The broke British card counter Charles "Charlie" Beck ( Jason Isaacs) arrives in town to stay with and mooch off some wealthy friends and gamble at the local casino. The friends are Daniel Vargas ( Seymour Cassel) and his wife Lois Vargas ( Theresa Russell). One night, dining at a Portuguese restaurant with Lois, Charlie sees Celia singing fado, a haunting Portuguese form of song. He is enchanted with her, approaches her, and is rebuffed. Charlie later finds Celia's address in the phone book and goes to her house, where he encounters Vicky, whom he had met at the casino before. Vicky agrees to help Charlie woo her mother in exchange for lessons on card counting. This proves difficult, as Celia still longs for her deceased husband and has not dated since his death.
* [http://www.apple.com/trailers/samuel_goldwyn/passionada.html Quicktime trailer from Apple Computer website]
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