Year: 2003
USA: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Cast: Jason Isaacs, Sofia Milos, Emmy Rossum, Theresa Russell, Seymour Cassel, Lupe Ontiveros, Chris Tardio, Luis Colina, Marion Eaton, John Ferus, J Patrick George, Tom Kemp, Robert Montano, Anthero Montenegro, Benjamin Mouton, Stephen O'Neil Martin, Martin Stephen O'Neil, John H Tobin, Russ Vigilante
Director: Dan Ireland
Country: USA
USA: 108 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some sensuality and a conversation about drugs
USA Release Date: 15 August 2003 (Limited Release)


PASSIONADA is a story of second chances. Celia Amonte (Sofia Milos) is a beautiful Portuguese American woman who cannot move on from the loss of her husband, a young fisherman who died at sea. She and her daughter Vicky (Emmy Rossum) live with her mother in law (Lupe Ontiveros) in the seaside fishing community of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Celia works as a seamstress during the day, but at night she sings the beautiful Fado music that she learned from her childhood. Celia's passion and sadness are expressed deeply in this soulful music.

Celia and her daughter Vicky are close, but Vicky has a secret. She is making excursions to the local gambling casino. There she meets Charlie Beck (Jason Isaacs), a charming Englishman and professional gambler. Vicky wants Charlie to help her learn to cheat at cards, but he declines.

When Charlie and his friends (Theresa Russell and Seymour Cassel) visit the restaurant where Celia is performing, Charlie is thunderstruck by Celia's sensual beauty and the passion of her music. He attempts to get to know her, but Celia is not open to Charlie's charm.

When Vicky discovers Charlie's dilemma, she makes him an interesting proposition. If he will teach her how to count cards at blackjack, she will help him get a date with her mother.

With Vickie's help, Charlie slowly wins Celia's heart and gradually reawakens her passion for life and love. But to get close to her, Charlie has lied about his identity...