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An Unfinished Life (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  16 September 2005 (USA)
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A down on her luck woman, desperate to provide care for her daughter, moves in with her father in-law from whom she is estranged. Through time, they learn to forgive each other and heal old wounds.

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In order to escape from the abusive boy-friend, Gary Winston, Jean Gilkyson moves with her young daughter Griff Gilkyson without previous notice to the ranch of her father-in-law Einar Gilkyson in Wyoming. Jean and Einar are disaffected, since he blames her for the death of his beloved son in a car accident. Einar is taking care of his friend Mitch Bradley, who was attacked and seriously wounded by a bear, and he does not know that he has a grand-daughter. While Mitch heals his wounds and forgives the bear, Einar also changes his feelings regarding Jean, finally understanding that accidents happen and accepting her and loving his grand-daughter. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for some violence including domestic abuse, and language | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,008,308 (USA) (9 September 2005)

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$551,809 (Brazil) (31 March 2006)
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Set against the rugged ranchlands of Wyoming, USA; but was filmed in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. The production company licensed the "M" logo of Marion, the design and logos of the police cars, and asked for photographs of police uniforms. See more »

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When Crane is driving Jean home from town there is no rear-view mirror in his vehicle. However, when they arrive at Einar's ranch a few minutes later, a rear-view mirror is clearly visible on the inside windshield. See more »

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Einar Gilkyson: [talking to raccoon] I heard you interfering little bastards rummage around my yard. I'll thank you for keeping the owls off of my cats.
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Healing Wounds – A Tale of Forgiveness
6 September 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In order to escape from the abusive boy-friend Gary Winston (Damian Lewis), Jean Gilkyson (Jennifer Lopez) moves with her young daughter Griff Gilkyson (Becca Gardner) without previous notice to the ranch of her father-in-law Einar Gilkyson (Robert Redford) in Wyoming. Jean and Einar are disaffected, since he blames her for the death of his beloved son in a car accident. Einar is taking care of his friend Mitch Bradley (Morgan Freeman), who was attacked and seriously wounded by a bear, and he does not know that he has a grand-daughter. While Mitch heals his wounds and forgives the bear, Einar also changes his feelings regarding Jean, finally understanding that accidents happen and accepting her and loving his grand-daughter.

"An Unfinished Life" is a beautiful tale of forgiveness, with the lead characters healing their wounds – Mitch, the ones provoked by a savage bear, and Einar his innermost feelings of loss. The cast has amazing performances, showing the importance of a director of the weight of Lasse Halltröm: Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman are unanimity, but I myself like a lot the versatile Jennifer Lopez and strongly believe that even the viewer that dislike her as actress must admit her excellent performance in this touching film. Josh Lucas is a great support actor and the favorable surprise is the performance of the young and unknown Becca Gardner. Although being a predictable story without any twist, this sensitive movie is highly recommended. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Um Lugar para Recomeçar" ("A Place to Restart")


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