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Winter Solstice (I) (2004)

R  |   |  Drama  |  24 November 2005 (Australia)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Winters
Gabe Winters
Pete Winters
Molly Ripkin
Robbie (as Brendan Sexton)
Mr. Bricker
Bill Brennan
Chris Bender
Kathleen Bridget Kelly ...
Mrs. Burton (as Kathleen Kelly)
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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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Release Date:

24 November 2005 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A Guerra dos Winters  »

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


$319,228 (USA) (8 July 2005)

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When Jim puts a box in the truck, we see him sit it on top of other items and it sticks up too high to be able to shut the hatch but immediately we switch camera angle, and she slams the hatch shut. See more »


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Written by Sam Beam
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Published by Sam Beam (BMI)
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As the seasons change, you try to come to terms...
3 December 2006 | by (Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.) – See all my reviews

Quick physics analogy here. (although I hate the discipline!) Imagine a family consisting of three forces pulling in opposite directions. What's gonna happen? Whatever exists between them is gonna start to show cracks, right? Well, even if this little scientific postulation of mine turns out to be incorrect, it still handily applies to the meditation on grief that "Winter Solstice" offers. If they were united as a group, they would be much stronger, but with the huge space vacated by a missing figure, they become a ship without a rudder.

Fans, like me, of Lapaglia, Stanford or David Gordon Green's "All the Real Girls" should definitely come away from this with some food for thought. There are echoes of "In the Bedroom", too. Admirers of any mentioned will be pleasantly acquainted with the pace this film moves at as this is not a work for those who like their cinema to run loud, obvious and at a mile a minute. If low-key indie musing is your thing though, then I would suggest you check it out. It's content not to milk its material for moments of angst, so there are few showy moments for the actors. Suppressed anger is the main vent for hidden depths, so it could have been more 'raw', but taken together it nevertheless builds to something that is genuinely affecting.

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