What Dreams Come To

TITLE: PASSION FISH

WRITER-DIRECTOR: JOHN SAYLES

THE BOTTOM LINE: There are pleasures in this female-buddy recovery movie -- if you have the patience to discover them.

HUMONGOUS GENERALIZATION OF the week: Hollywood movies are masculine; foreign and independent films are feminine. Most Hollywood efforts -- the action movies, comedies, domestic thrillers -- come at you like a teenage boy in heat, working hard to dazzle with energy and patter when they are not being brutal and obscene. What you often end up sitting through is two hours of guys gunning their engines. John Sayles' film Passion Fish has a line about...

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