Summer people in Maine: things are changing. Whales no longer pass close to the shore as they did during the youth of two elderly widowed sisters who have a seaside home where they've summered for 50 years. Libby is blind, contrary, and seemingly getting ready to die. Sarah is attentive to her sister, worried about continuing to care for her, and half interested in an old Russian aristocrat who fishes from their shore. It's the eve of Sarah's 46th wedding anniversary. The Russian offers some fish he's caught, Sarah invites him to dinner, and Libby gets her back up. Sarah wonders if it isn't time to sell the place and find a home for Libby. What alternatives do old people have? Written by
The Screen's Immortals... A movie you'll never forget.
Did You Know?
This was Lillian Gish
's final film before her death on February 27, 1993 at the age of 99, ending her 75 year film career which began with An Unseen Enemy
(1912). See more
When Libby takes her souvenirs box from the vanity drawer, she picks up the box with her right hand and closes the drawer with the left one. In the following shot she is holding the box with her left hand. See more
Can you see them?
The whales have all gone.
You can't never tell. You can't never tell.
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Roses of Picardy
Music by Haydn Wood
Lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly See more