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Los Angles Times, 1991
"Internal family feuding has its funny side, and the film's triumph lies in the precision of its insights into familial wounds, and resentments that can explode like dynamite."
Termini Station is a raw, angry, often funny story of a mother and daughter struggling to free themselves from their bitter past in a drab Canadian mining town. Directed with precision and grace by Allan King, the film was released in 1990 and stars Colleen Dewhurst and Megan Follows. It also features Debra McGrath and Norma Dell'Agnese, as well as NYPD BLUE's regular, Gordon Clapp.
"Colleen Murphy's beautifully written script tells of a family troubled by past scandal and a dead-end present. Molly, the 60ish mother, is eccentric and possibly mad, drunk, and dying; confined to a bedroom in her uptight son's house, she plays opera tapes, drinks Scotch smuggled in to her by her rebellious teenage daughter Micheline, and dreams of going to Rome (whose major transit station gives the film its title) in search of 'passion'. The same quest had previously driven her into a notorious affair - a scandal that led to her husband's suicide, her son's resentment, and her daughter's identity crisis and drift into prostitution. Every character in this film is looking for an escape; how Molly and Micheline find theirs is the crux of Murphy's compassionately told story."
"As Molly, a woman of huge, pent-up passions, Ms. Dewhurst has one of the meatier roles of her career. Instead of playing the character as simply crazy, she veers between apparent irrationality and a canny knowingness to suggest how craziness can be a strategy for staying in control. Some of the actress's most telling moments are found in the burning, resentful glances she casts at her son as he trundles her off to a hospital. Like Geraldine Page in Woody Allen's "Interiors," Ms. Dewhurst communicates a deep underlying rage about physical and emotional ravages wrought by time on a proud, wilful individual. As strong as Ms. Dewhurst is, the movie ultimately belongs to Ms. Follows, whose Micheline is a fascinating mixture of street urchin, wounded child and backwater sophisticate. In a performance that is untainted by sentimentality, Ms. Follows creates an acute portrait of a smart young woman who keeps herself together by following her reckless impulses."
This film is a moving, often painful adventure of self-discovery. Raunchy, with tough language, Termini Station is suitable for adult viewing.