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Passionada is the 2003 romantic drama about the unlikely courtship between a Portuguese widow and a con artist. The movie was written by siblings Steve and Jim Jermanok and directed by Dan Ireland. Charlie Beck (Jason Isaacs) is a con man and professional gambler, who comes to New Bedford to see his friends Daniel Vargas (Seymour Cassel) and Lois Vargas (Theresa Russell). One night at the local casino, Charlie befriends a young local girl named Vicky (Emma Rossum), who isn't a lucky gambler. The following evening, Daniel and Lois take Charlie to a local Portuguese restaurant, where he sees a beautiful woman, Celia Amonte (Sophia Milos) sing. Enthralled by her performance, Charlies attempts to meet Ceilia but is rebuffed.

After bumping into Vicky again, he realizes that Celia is Vicky's mother. Celia lost her husband at sea several years ago and has no interest in dating. Vicky is interested in counting cards and agrees to set Charlie up on a date with her mother in exchange for lessons. Things initially don't go well as Charlie's advances toward Celia fall flat. After several days of intense pestering, Celia finally agrees to go on a date with Charlie, whom she believes is in the fishing business. Charlie attempts to keep up the facade and even passes off the Vargas' house and car as his own. The couple begins to spend more time together, and finally love blooms.

Celia soon finds out the truth about Charlie's background. Outraged, she cuts all ties and refuses to see him. Even pleads from Vicky, her mother-in-law Angelica Amonte (Lupe Ontiveros) and Lois, to give Charlie a second chance falls on deaf ears. In the end, Charlie is able to corner Celia and express his undying love for her. The film flashes forward and Celia and Charlie are now married. Celia still sings and Charlie is now gainfully employed at the Casino.

| 2003 | 1 hr 48 min | 6.2/10 | 53/100
Jason Isaacs, Sofia Milos, Emmy Rossum, Theresa Russell
Dan Ireland
Produced By
David Bakalar

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