Margaret keeps her neighbours at a distance and avoids contact except with Cara. She enjoys her company just for making music since Cara plays the violin accompanying Margaret at the piano.... See full summary »

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Margaret Mary Elderdice
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Cara Varnum
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Robin Ouiseau
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Jonno
Ernest Thompson
Camille Saviola
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Margaret keeps her neighbours at a distance and avoids contact except with Cara. She enjoys her company just for making music since Cara plays the violin accompanying Margaret at the piano. Because of her arthritis she accepts the housemaid Robin who wants to become an actress. With this naive pretty girl her life gets suddently really exciting and she makes a lot of new friends. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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A story that invites you to rediscover the joy of living, the power of friendship and the wisdom of age.

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23 November 1995 (USA)  »

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A Valsa da Vida  »

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Ernest Thompson, who wrote the original play, wrote the screenplay and directed this version. He also appears as the Juilliard dean. See more »

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Mr. Goo: You an actor, or just crazy?
Robin Ouiseau: Both, but don't tell anybody about the actor part. It's a secret.
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Liza Shines
30 May 2004 | by (San Francisco, California, USA) – See all my reviews

This wonderful and well-written story is highlighted by fine acting and excellent use of the setting, New York City's West Side.

Liza's performance was absolutely brilliant and one is immediately reminded that she is, after all, an academy award winning actress of immense talent. Kathy Bates is also utterly convincing as a homeless woman. Shirley McLaine was an excellent choice for her role. I imagine it must have been difficult to portray a woman whose physical disability gradually worsens during the course of the movie.

When I noticed this movie while flipping through channels, I hadn't planned on doing more than scanning the first few minutes. It pulled me in and I invested 2 hours watching it. Time well spent!


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