MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 17,127 this week

The Winter Guest (1997)

 -  Drama  -  24 December 1997 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 2,661 users  
Reviews: 49 user | 33 critic

A recent widow who is determined to leave Scotland for Australia with her son gets an unexpected visit from her aging mother.

Director:

Writers:

(translation and adaptation), (play), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 16 May 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 22 May 2011
 
list image
a list of 46 titles
created 06 Jan 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 17 Aug 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Winter Guest" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Winter Guest (1997)

The Winter Guest (1997) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Winter Guest.
5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Song of Lunch (TV Movie 2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A London publisher recounts a lunchtime reunion with a former lover, in poetic monologue.

Director: Niall MacCormick
Stars: Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Andi Soric
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A female landscape-gardener is awarded the esteemed assignment to construct the grand gardens at Versaillers, a gilt-edged position which thrusts her to the very centre of the court of King Louis XIV.

Director: Alan Rickman
Stars: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Helen McCrory
Carrington (1995)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The platonic relationship between artist Dora Carrington and writer Lytton Strachey in the early 20th century.

Director: Christopher Hampton
Stars: Emma Thompson, Jonathan Pryce, Steven Waddington
Judas Kiss (1998)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A woman and her lover, who has made a living by running sex scams at hotels, decide to enter the big time by kidnapping a computer company owner and demanding $4 million ransom. The two ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Gutierrez
Stars: Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Carla Gugino
Dust VII (2013)
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Dust, starring Alan Rickman and Jodie Whittaker, is the short story of a man who follows a young girl and her mum home from school one day. He waits outside their house until nightfall ... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Ockrent, Jake Russell
Stars: Lola Albert, Alan Rickman, Jodie Whittaker
The Blue Boy (TV Movie 1994)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Marie is an insecure housewife whose husband, Joe, is having an affair. The two of them take a holiday to rural Scotland, but by sheer bad luck, end up at the hotel Joe uses for his "... See full summary »

Director: Paul Murton
Stars: Emma Thompson, Adrian Dunbar, Eleanor Bron
Mesmer (1994)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A biography of the eighteenth century Viennese physician, Franz Anton Mesmer, who used unorthodox healing practices based on his theory of "animal magnetism."

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Donal Donnelly, David Burke, Peter Dvorsky
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson star in this gripping political thriller about a man with the power to see the fate of missing people - with the exception of his own beloved wife.

Director: Christopher Hampton
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Emma Thompson, Rubén Blades
Rasputin (TV Movie 1996)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

HBO biopic about the infamous "mad monk" Rasputin from the court of Tsar Nicholas in Russia.

Director: Uli Edel
Stars: Alan Rickman, Greta Scacchi, Ian McKellen
Look Back in Anger (TV Movie 1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A love triangle develops between a smart disaffected working-class husband Jimmy, his reserved upper-middle-class wife Alison and her arrogant best friend Helena.

Director: Judi Dench
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Gerard Horan
Snow Cake (2006)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.

Director: Marc Evans
Stars: Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss
Wit (TV Movie 2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Sheila Reid ...
Lily
Sandra Voe ...
Chloe
Arlene Cockburn ...
Nita
Gary Hollywood ...
Alex
...
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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Come in from the cold. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

24 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'invitée de l'hiver  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£56,752 (UK) (9 January 1998)

Gross:

$776,332 (USA) (27 March 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex: Are you all right?
Frances: Don't keep asking.
See more »

Connections

References Now, Voyager (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me With You
Sung by Elizabeth Fraser
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A stark and beautiful film, with existential meaning
19 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are other overall comments; I thought I would comment on it from a 'quiet psychological drama' POV. As the different pairs of people (mother/bereaved daughter, son/girlfriend, boys, old women) developed their stories, and sometimes criss-crossed, I saw a growing pattern in how they all dealt with their existential lone-ness and lack of drive. The fun but seemingly insignificant (at first) retired ladies hold the key the others seem to echo each in their own way: that if you have a friend, a journey of discovery, and something (or someone) to care for, you can grow in hard conditions, and move on. There are even almost mythical scenes of epiphany about this theme, but I don't know whether Rickmann or MacDonald intended this beautiful mythological pattern to answer the existential crises we face in modern times, but the richness and depth the characters grow into by the end of the film is something that really hit me. A fascinating study that follows the characters so carefully as to teach you things about yourself. Put this in your medicine cabinet for prompt temporary relief of existential despair. If they can find warmth in that bitter chill, there's hope for us too. Not for you if action movies are your thing, of course!

Meets my standard for 'movies that improved my life'.


13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anybody not like it? grhmb
Beautiful and amazingly well-written ormorales
Any extra features on the DVD? Liesebieke
Any news of a DVD? euterpe06
The DVD Begs For English Subtitles... Cuspid6972
Subtitles? violetar
Discuss The Winter Guest (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?