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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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Deputy
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Shelter Supervisor
Byron Lucas ...
Motorcycle Rider
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Griffin Gilkyson
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Kent (as Rnelsonbrown)
Dillard Brinson ...
Gnome Owner
Jason Diablo ...
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Storyline

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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Dedicated to Karin Lyberg-Hallström and Britta Olin, Lasse's and Lena's mothers respectively. See more »

Goofs

When Griff takes a sandwich to Mitch he takes a bite off one corner. In the second shot he takes a bite off the other corner. In the third shot it shows only one bite off one corner. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Connections

Features Below (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Getting to Me
(2002)
Written by Kelly Willis and Gary Louris
Performed by Kelly Willis
Courtesy of Rykodisc
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Redford's finest hour
17 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Some films are able to capture subtleties in a pretty straightforward manner, and this is one of them. With the very capable support of Morgan Freeman, a quite good Jennifer Lopez, and masterful work by Robert Redford, we're treated to a special film, a study of family relationships where things don't appear contrived or staged.

People carry grudges and live with demons for many years; some are unable to even get rid of them. That's the case of Redford's character. Without a way to release himself, he has managed to create a pretty miserable existence for himself. The only redeeming moment arising from the relationship with his best friend.

Things are bound to change with the arrival of his daughter-in-law and the granddaughter he never knew existed. The drama unfolds quite nicely and our hearts are touched along the way. It's a quiet movie, full of lovely vistas and some intense drama. It doesn't pack the punch of "Million Dollar Baby", a film which it's bound to recall because of the Freeman's character dynamics. Give yourself a treat and enjoy Redford in the comeback film of his career.


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