It's August. Like they have most summers, elderly widowed sisters Libby Strong and Sarah Webber, who live in Philadelphia, are staying together in the family's summer cottage on an island off the coast of Maine. The cottage, which now belongs to Sarah, has been in their family most of their lives, it which was the family's summer getaway from Philadelphia when they were younger. There are a few people who have been half-century friends or acquaintances on the island, including the outspoken Tisha Doughty who is like a bossy third sister, and Joshua Brackett, who has long done any of the handy work around the cottage. Someone relatively new at least to Sarah's social circle is Mr. Maranov, a former Russian aristocrat for who chivalry is just a way of life. His stay on the island is however threatened when his landlady, Hilda Partridge, passes away. Sarah and Libby have come to the realization that they are in the respective twilight of their lives, largely regarding issues directly ... Written by
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Did You Know?
The film was touted with Oscar buzz for cast members Bette Davis
, Lillian Gish
, and Vincent Price
, but in the end there was just the only one Oscar nomination, and for another cast member, for Ann Sothern
for Best Supporting Actress, who in the end did not win the Academy Award in this category. It was Sothern's only ever Academy Award nomination. See more
Libby and Sarah have been coming to the cottage since they were children, but Sarah tells Mr. Beckwith that her aunt built the cottage 50 years ago, which would mean that Libby and Sarah were actually in their late 20s-early 30s when it was built. See more
[recounting his mother, in the time of Imperial Russia
She said, "Nikolai, our Empress is gone. There will no longer be any use for any of us. You must leave me now and go into the world." Then she handed me a handkerchief - in which she had wrapped all of her remaining jewelry. She made me take it.
My mother kissed me and said, "Use my treasure for your needs, my son, but in the end, be able to say that it was well spent."
Roses of Picardy
Music by Haydn Wood
Lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly See more