Directed by Allan King, one of Canada's leading filmmakers, TERMINI STATION is a gritty black comedy that is both passionate and funny.
Termini Station is the Greyhound bus depot in Kirkland Lake, northern Ontario, where Molly Dushane (Colleen Dewhurst), a befuddled widow, lives with her son and daughter-in-law in their prefabricated suburban home. Haunted by her past, she has turned to drink and become oblivious of all around
her. Micheline (Megan Follows), her 20-year-old daughter, masks her own psychological wounds with her tough street talk and headstrong behavior. She works at a local 5-and-10 store and hangs out at Termini Station to watch the buses come and go and turn an occasional trick.
Life in the Dushane family is overshadowed by the memory of a tragic event which took place nine years previously. While on a hunting trip, Micheline's father attempted to murder his daughter, aiming his gun at her and preparing to shoot. When Micheline escaped and ran out of range, he turned the
gun on himself and committed suicide. Harvey (Gordon Clapp), Micheline's brother, has tried to forget this tragedy. A local tire dealer, he wants to make money and live comfortably with his wife Liz (Debra McGrath). He is encased in all the middle-class values and is at a loss to explain the
behavior of his dotty mother and delinquent sister.
Micheline borrows a car and drives out to see her mother to inform her that Ben Stein, Molly's former lover, has died. (Rumor has it that Stein was Micheline's real father, and the indirect cause of the family breakdown.) The news of Stein's death pushes Molly to the edge of her sanity; though
she's terminally ill, she becomes obsessed with the idea of traveling to Italy for a last fling. Micheline is forced to come to terms with her own situation and face the future. She decides to take her mother to Italy and help her fulfill her last wish, a courageous act that may also help her to
TERMINI STATION features a strong central performance by the late Colleen Dewhurst, who is capable of commanding a scene with her eyes alone. Young Megan Follows does equally well as a bright young woman on the edge, struggling to make peace with the past and face the rocky road of the future.
(Violence, profanity, adult situations.)
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- Released: 1990
- Rating: R
- Review: Directed by Allan King, one of Canada's leading filmmakers, TERMINI STATION is a gritty black comedy that is both passionate and funny. Termini Station is the Greyhound bus depot in Kirkland Lake, northern Ontario, where Molly Dushane (Colleen Dewhurst),… (more)