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Winter Solstice (I) (2004)

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In this suburban drama, a widower (played by Anthony LaPaglia) confronts his older son's (played by Aaron Stanford) decision to leave home and his younger son's self-destructive behavior.

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Jim Winters
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Gabe Winters
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Pete Winters
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Molly Ripkin
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Stacey
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Robbie (as Brendan Sexton)
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Mr. Bricker
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Steve
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Bill Brennan
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Tim
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Chris Bender
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Mrs. Burton (as Kathleen Kelly)
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History Teacher
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Bob
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Math Teacher
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Landscape gardener Jim Winters is a quiet craftsman, a soft-spoken man who prefers an orderly life. His family, however, is anything but orderly. Older son Gabe is planning his escape to Florida, leaving behind any shot at a stable future with his girlfriend. Younger son Pete has retreated into a private world of anger, drift and disappointment. Jim struggles watching his sons make choices he views as disastrous compromises. It is only when he meets his new neighbor, Molly, that Jim finds a way to deal with his own life and his family's future. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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24 November 2005 (Australia)  »

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A Guerra dos Winters  »

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$20,393 (USA) (8 April 2005)

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$319,228 (USA) (8 July 2005)
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The Datsun B210 (or 510?) Gabe is driving mysteriously has a new paint job and hubcap upon his departure to Florida at the conclusion - earlier scenes show a more beaten up vehicle. See more »

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Sunset Soon Forgotten
Written by Sam Beam
Performed by Iron & Wine (as Iron and Wine)
Published by Sam Beam (BMI)
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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Living in the silences between the sounds
7 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a very low-key film in which the action is inaction. LaPaglia's character, Jim Winters, in particular lives in the silences between the sounds. The film is redolent with the ghosts of unsaid words therefore as the viewer one must approach this film with the knowledge and appreciation that this is intended as a thought-provoking piece of cinema and so has no really big bursts of emotion. All the cast act beautifully, but as one has come to expect of Anthony LaPaglia he is outstanding. He plays a widower who after five years has still not come to terms with his bereavement, and as a result, though seemingly living an ordered day to day existence, in reality he finds it increasingly difficult relating to life in general and specifically to his two teenage sons. LaPaglia's portrayal is subdued and masterful; I don't think I know of any other actor who can so eloquently inhabit a role by apparently doing so little - definitely this is a case of art concealing art. This is a sensitive and rewarding film. And for all those guys out there who want this film to have some male endorsement, my husband liked the film very much when I asked him to watch it over Christmas, so it must be good.


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