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Milk and Honey (1988)

Jo, a Jamaican native, moves to Canada to help support her family. But she quickly learns that earning money and respect will be more difficult than she ever imagined.

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Trevor D. Rhone, Glen Salzman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josette Simon ... Joanna Bell
Lyman Ward ... Adam Bernardi
Richard Mills Richard Mills ... David
Djanet Sears Djanet Sears ... Del
Leonie Forbes ... Miss Emma
Jane Dingle Jane Dingle ... Maureen
Errol Slue Errol Slue ... Gordon
Fiona Reid ... Sandy Wineberg
Tom Butler ... Steven Wineberg
Tyler Oxenholm Tyler Oxenholm ... Josh - 3 years old
Brandon Botham Brandon Botham ... Josh - 3 years old
Christopher Doherty Christopher Doherty
Jackie Richardson
David Ferry
Lubomir Mykytiuk
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Jo, a Jamaican native, moves to Canada to help support her family. But she quickly learns that earning money and respect will be more difficult than she ever imagined.

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English

Release Date:

16 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Обетована земя See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Mono

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Color
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a fresh re-telling of a familiar story
7 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Another in a series of immigrant culture shock dramas tells the old familiar story in a Jamaican accent, and takes a more serious (than expected) approach to the material. Co-writer Trevor Rhone is regarded in his own country as the West Indian equivalent of Neil Simon or Sam Shepard, and while it's an unlikely comparison a little of each can perhaps be seen in his story of a proud but penniless Jamaican woman seeking employment as a foreign domestic in Toronto, only to find it not a land of milk and honey but of compromise and diminished expectations. A troubled reunion with her estranged young son calls down the wrath of immigration officials (always the villain in this type of story), changing what began as a fish-out-of-water drama into a tense and sometimes clever escape and evasion thriller. Don't expect anything deep or complicated, just solid, unpretentious filmmaking marred only by an unnecessary happily-ever-after epilogue.


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