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Shy People

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1987 May, 14
118 minutes
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New York pretentious Diana Sullivan is writing a series of articles on the theme of "family" for Cosmopolitan magazine. Primarily to keep an eye on her but also because of the personal connection, Diana invites her mid-teen daughter, Grace Sullivan, to accompany her on a trip to research the next in the series, dealing with their own family, most specifically a wing that lives deep in the backwaters of the Louisiana bayou, which has been largely overtaken by oil companies of late. They are most directly connected by brothers: Diana's grandfather Mike, and Joe, the patriarch of the Louisiana wing. Diana and Grace have never met their Louisiana relations, they in turn who do not even know that Diana and Grace exist. As difficult as it becomes, Diana and Grace are able to meet their Louisiana relations, led by Joe's widowed young wife, Ruth Sullivan, who acts as if Joe is still with them, who sees anything related to the city as suspect, and who rules her household with an iron fist to her own code. Her family consists of three grown sons - Mark, Tommy and mentally slow Pauly - and Mark's pregnant wife, Candy. What started out as a one afternoon interview ends up being a multi-day stop for Diana and Grace to stay with Ruth and her family in their backwater shack with no electricity. Diana eventually learns of another Sullivan son, Mike, who has broken away from Ruth's grip. Ultimately, the clash of cultures, fueled by Grace's boredom coupled with her cousins' curiosity, leads to tragedy on multiple levels, but not only with a better understanding of the other on both sides, but also an understanding of the family dysfunction that exists on both sides. - IMDb

Фотожурналистка из Нью-Йорка приезжает в штат Луизиана, чтобы в провинциальной глуши разыскать свою двоюродную сестру, которая живет там со своими четырьмя полудикими сыновьями. Но главная цель приезда представительницы городской интеллигенции - не в восстановлении утраченных семейных связей. Она надеется, погрузившись в новую для себя среду, выйти из нее с материалом для статьи о далеких родственниках...

Aru Hitobito Japan
Bataklık insanları (Turkish title) Turkey
Le bayou (French title) Canada
Le bayou France
Cisi ludzie Poland
La familia del pantano Peru
Félénk emberek Hungary
Gente como nosotros (original subtitled version) Uruguay
Gente como nosotros Argentina
Gente Diferente Brazil
Gente Estranha Portugal
I diffidenti Italy
Konfrontationen Denmark
O valtos (transliterated title) Greece
Shy People - Bedrohliches Schweigen West Germany
Verisukulaiset (video box title) Finland
Vidas distantes Spain
Сором'язливі люди Ukraine
Стыдливые люди (Russian title) Soviet Union
或る人々 (Japanese title) Japan

Children's Cast:

Martha Plimpton [16] Grace