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The Winter Guest (1997)

R  |   |  Drama  |  24 December 1997 (USA)
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A recent widow who is determined to leave Scotland for Australia with her son gets an unexpected visit from her aging mother.

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Sheila Reid ...
Lily
Sandra Voe ...
Chloe
Arlene Cockburn ...
Nita
Gary Hollywood ...
Alex
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Tom
Douglas Murphy ...
Sam
Tom Watson ...
Minister
Jan Shand ...
Café Proprietor
Sandy Neilson ...
Passer-by
Billy McElhaney ...
Bus Driver
Helen Devon ...
Woman in Tea Shop
Harry Welsh ...
Boy in Tea Shop
Christian Zanone ...
Young Man in Church
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Storyline

The film centers on four pairs - Frances is a recent widow who wants to get away from Scotland to Australia with her teenage son Alex to escape her memories, arrival of her old mother Elspeth makes her reconsider her decision. Alex approaches his first sexual experience with neighbour girl Nita. Chloe and Lily are two old women who like to attend strangers' funerals and Tom with Sam are two schoolboys who skip school to play on the beach and talk. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »
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Also Known As:

L'invitée de l'hiver  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$21,305 (USA) (26 December 1997)

Gross:

$776,332 (USA) (27 March 1998)
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The film was shot in the small Fife village of Pittenweem, Scotland . The town hall was used for locals to audition for extras, where over 400 turned up. A spoken role was offered on the day to a local called Barry Jardine after director Alan Rickman saw star potential in him. However he turned down the role to play professional football for Glasgow Rangers, who had a big cup game at Hampden park and Jardine scored all three goals in the final to beat rivals Celtic. See more »

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[first lines]
Alex: Are you all right?
Frances: Don't keep asking.
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Take Me With You
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Beautifully filmed. A great film.
10 February 1999 | by (San Diego, USA) – See all my reviews

A beautiful ordinary story. A film made of long silences and unheard incessant talk. Of painful memories and hopeful looks. Of attending funerals as social occasions. Of unexpressible love. Of a beautifully photographed gray Scottish landscape.

Emma Thomson and Phyllida Law deliver powerful performances, although the incredibly poetic early teen Sam and Tom almost steal the movie.

When you are tired of idiotic movies that look all the same, go see or rent this one. Highly recommended.


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