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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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Cast

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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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24 December 1997 (USA)  »

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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex: Are you all right?
Frances: Don't keep asking.
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Take Me With You
Sung by Elizabeth Fraser
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A fragile universe beyond a frozen sea
19 October 2004 | by (Santa Barbara, California) – See all my reviews

Like any great film, this is close to the essence of life. In four poetic,

hearthwarming scenes, different generations of characters are entangled in a

longing for protection and affection. Two woman wait at a bus stop for a day out to a funeral, but behind their apparent, casual view on death lies a hidden fear for their own end. A new girl in town chases after a local boy, both search

through their mutual attraction towards each other. Two schoolboys are playing near the frozen sea and talk about their future. And all this is bound by the main story of a mother-daughter relationship. From the first flight over the seascape, to the final scene with one of the boys walking into the mist, everything is filmed and directed with the same sense for intense images and esthetic realism. And when on the tones of Liz Fraser, lovingly singing the end-credits, the film

ends.....and there's a certain sadness that one already has to leave this beautiful universe behind. "The Winter guest" is again (if their ever was doubt) the prove how superior European cinema is compared to the Hollywood-counterpart. I rest my case.


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