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An Unfinished Life (2005)

Desperate to provide care for her daughter, down-on-her-luck Jean 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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Gary Winston
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Kitty
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To escape an abusive boyfriend, without announcing her plans in advance, Jean Gilkyson takes her young daughter Griff to the Wyoming ranch of her father-in-law, Einar. Jean and Einar are disaffected, as he blames her for the death of his son in a car accident. Einar is taking care of his friend Mitch, who was attacked by a bear, and Einar does not know that he has a granddaughter. While Mitch heals and forgives the bear, Einar also changes his feelings regarding Jean, finally understanding that accidents happen and accepting her and loving Griff. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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every secret takes on a life of its own

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Adventure | Drama

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

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16 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En dag i livet  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,008,308 (USA) (11 September 2005)

Gross:

$8,586,392 (USA)
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Dedicated to Karin Lyberg-Hallström and Britta Olin, Lasse's and Lena's mothers respectively. See more »

Goofs

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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Features Below (2002) See more »

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Grandpa (Tell Me 'bout the Good Old Days)
(1985)
Written by Jamie O'Hara
Performed by The Judds
Courtesy of Mike Curb Company, L.L.C.
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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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