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Housekeeping (1987)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | January 1988 (USA)
In the Pacific Northwest in 1955, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sylvie
Sara Walker ...
Ruth
Andrea Burchill ...
Lucille
Anne Pitoniak ...
Aunt Lily
Barbara Reese ...
Aunt Nona
Margot Pinvidic ...
Helen
Bill Smillie ...
Sheriff
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Principal
Betty Phillips ...
Mrs. Jardine
Karen Elizabeth Austin ...
Mrs. Paterson
Dolores Drake ...
Mrs. Walker (as Delores Drake)
Georgie Collins ...
Grandmother
Tonya Tanner ...
Young Ruth
Leah Penny ...
Young Lucille
Brian Linds ...
Deputy Sheriff
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In the Pacific Northwest in 1955, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up the most people's expectations. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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The story of a woman slightly distracted by the possibilities of life. See more »

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January 1988 (USA)  »

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Azo Min Doda  »

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$1,083,282 (USA)
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Trivia

Even though this was filmed in the interior of British Columbia (Canada), the city bench scene with Christine Lahti sleeping after picking berries was actually filmed in the main square of Port Coquitlam. The city hall is adjacent to this central square on Shaughnessy Street (the main thoroughfare of this Vancouver suburb). See more »

Quotes

Sylvie: I love to ride on trains. Especially in the passenger cars.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1987 (1988) See more »

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Mockin' Bird Hill
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Written by Vaughn Horton
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very close to the book
20 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

great film, but probably the most misrepresentative ad campaign i've ever seen for a movie. this is NOT a comedy. Christine Lahti's Sylvia is NOT a one dimensional free-spirit. she is disturbed, as is the entire family. this translates perfectly from the book, as does the film's look and emotional atmosphere.

as for the opinion that Sylvia is a Pied Piper, that's just wrong. she could care less if anyone follows in her path. it just so happens that her niece is seduced by virtue of what i would interpret as instinct. the family has a long history of breaking from the norm, much to its detriment. the niece is merely fulfilling her filial destiny.

to say that the story presents a polemic about nonconformity shortchanges the viewer from the complexity of emotions that it evokes. there is no argument. this is just the way things turn out for these folks. and in my opinion, the ending leaves us questioning, just as it does in the book, how much control we have over destiny.


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