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Winter Solstice (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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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)
Math Teacher


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

24 November 2005 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A Guerra dos Winters  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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A film that captures the true dynamics of a father and his sons.
31 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw the film at Tribeca, and was very taken with it. So few films show normal, non-violent life to be as dramatic and as sweet and as hurtful as it really can be. This film does. The acting is terrific. The direction stays out of the way of the actors and the story. A young man has a hearing impairment, for example, but this is never called attention to or made maudlin use of--it's just there as part of the family's reality. Same with the missing mother. That's part of the back story, and no one is going to spend minutes explaining it to the audience, you just enter into the family's life as it goes on. Every moment is entirely believable, and usually, touching as well. I am afraid it may not reach many viewers, since it has not sex or violence to speak of, just the truth of family life.

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