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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Peter's math class, his teacher says that the students will need to know the quadratic formula to pass the regents exam. Regents exams are only given in New York State, and not in New Jersey, where the film is set. See more »


The Rookie Year
Written by Myk Porter, Matt Traxler, John Sayre and Jared Jolley
Performed by Brandtson (as Brandston)
Published by Bookhouse Boys Music (SESAC)
Courtesy of Deep Elm Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Crusty Old Timer, Inc.
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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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