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Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian, her daughter, her inventor husband, their ten year old son, and his ... See full summary »

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Aunt Heloise (as Irene Jacob)
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Fraser
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Gabriel Chenoux (as Tcheky Karyo)
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Roddy McDonald ...
Rollo
Daniel Baird ...
Finlay
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Brenda
Kirstin Smith ...
Meg (as Kirsten Smith)
Sean Scanlan ...
Andrew Burns
John Bett ...
Uncle Crawford
Anne Lacey ...
Aunt Eunice
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Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian, her daughter, her inventor husband, their ten year old son, and his older sister. Through the household comes a number of suitors hoping to impress the young woman, including an aviator. When the elder woman's son shows up at the estate with his French fiancé, everything gets thrown into turmoil. The young boy takes a sudden interest in her sexual allure and his father is disturbed by his own non-Victorian feelings. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Imagine a summer in paradise with nothing to do except everything your heart desires.


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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including some nude pictures | See all certifications »

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26 August 1999 (Singapore)  »

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World of Moss  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$53,937 (USA) (23 July 1999)

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$616,310 (USA) (10 September 1999)
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The film was shown in a special benefit screening at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, May 20, 1999, where it was reported: "The child lead is played by an Edinburgh schoolboy Robbie Norman, who was 11 at the time of shooting two years ago. He had never acted professionally before." See more »

Goofs

While Fraser at age 3 crawls out of his bedroom onto the roof, his older brother, young Rollo in short pants with suspenders (in a shot from behind at 02:27), is on the lawn holding a tennis racket, but (at around 28 mins) the scene cuts to a frontal shot where young Rollo's hands are empty. Later (at around 33 mins), he holds the tennis racket again. See more »

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Edward Pettigrew: Jazz is the sound of the devil sniggering at our follies.
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Grateful special thanks to the entire Miramax London operation and the people of Stracchur & Cairndow. See more »

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Piano Sonata No.23 in F Minor (Appassionata), Op.57
(1807)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Beethoven)
Performed by Imogen Cooper
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an innocent little piece which might charm or amuse
22 May 2004 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews



From the bonnie banks of Loch Fyne, Hugh Hudson brings us a far cry from his `Chariots of Fire' to serve up an endearing, even charming, little piece, not lacking in comedy, purportedly a biography of the young Fraser Pettigrew. The story is a disconnected series of episodes in the young boy's life as seen by him as he clambers through life in a pool of innocence.

Some good interpretations, especially the boy and his father, Colin Firth, and some excellent scenes with the servants. Expected more from Ms. Mastrantonio, but got it from Irène Jacob.

Otherwise, the film meanders through from scene to scene, gloriously photographed in the beautiful Scottish countryside below Stub an Eas (732m) right at the top end of Loch Fyne.

The film is simply that: an entertaining `divertimento' without much to suggest greater ideas; a kind of family portrait of yesteryear, of times remembered as romantic; but nothing serious to go on. For that, see `Gosford Park' (qv).

The `divertimento' impression is heightened not so much by the original music, but by the inclusion of pieces by Beethoven on the piano, and `The Swan' by Camille Saint-Saëns, not too brilliantly played I should add: which, is just the correct thing, as amateurs at home are hardly likely to produce awesome professional playing.

Watch it with this attitude and you will be amused or entertained, but without expecting anything more from it. The best scene is at the dinner table, well into the film...........


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