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Winter Solstice -- In this suburban drama, a widower confronts his older son's decision to leave home and his younger son's self-destructive behaviour.
Winter Solstice -- 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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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Anthony LaPaglia ... Jim Winters

Aaron Stanford ... Gabe Winters

Mark Webber ... Pete Winters

Allison Janney ... Molly Ripkin

Michelle Monaghan ... Stacey

Brendan Sexton III ... Robbie (as Brendan Sexton)

Ron Livingston ... Mr. Bricker

Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Steve

Frank Wood ... Bill Brennan

Kel O'Neill ... Tim

Thomas Sadoski ... Chris Bender
Kathleen Bridget Kelly ... Mrs. Burton (as Kathleen Kelly)

Welker White ... History Teacher

Jason Fuchs ... Bob

Dana Segal ... Math Teacher

Lars Engstrom ... Andrew

Rocco Rosanio ... Pete's Friend #1

Tim Dowlin ... Pete's Friend #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louis Centanni ... Ice Cream Patron (uncredited)

Paul Iacono ... Jr. (uncredited)

Directed by
Josh Sternfeld 
Writing credits
Josh Sternfeld (written by)

Produced by
Doug Bernheim .... producer
Anthony LaPaglia .... executive producer
John Limotte .... producer
George Paaswell .... co-producer
Jodi Peikoff .... executive producer
Amanda Slater .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Leventhal 
Cinematography by
Harlan Bosmajian (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Plummy Tucker 
Casting by
Amanda Harding 
Amanda Koblin 
Production Design by
Jody Asnes 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Kent 
Costume Design by
Paola Weintraub  (as Paola Ruby Weintraub)
Makeup Department
Heidi Kulow .... makeup artist
Brian Sheratt .... key hair stylist (as Brian Sherratt)
Production Management
George Paaswell .... unit production manager
Hakim Quest .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amanda Slater .... first assistant director
Alfonso Trinidad .... second assistant director
Michael L. Walker .... second second assistant director (as Mike Walker)
Art Department
Alvaro Cuello .... art department production assistant
Anjie Dufresne .... scenic artist
James Geyer .... scenic artist (as Jim Geyer)
Tom LaVecchia .... on-set dresser
Michele Mayas .... charge scenic
Marc Newman .... leadman
Donna Paul .... set dresser
Dylan Jude Sheridan .... prop master (as Dylan Sheridan)
Christine Skubish .... scenic artist (as Chrissy Skubish)
Roxy Toporowych .... assistant prop master
R.J. Wilson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloome)
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
Brian Miksis .... sound mixer
Nicholas Montgomery .... sound designer
Steve F.B. Smith .... technician: Dolby (as Steve Smith)
Craig Spencer .... dialogue editor
Karl Wasserman .... additional boom operator
Dan Wesson .... boom operator
John Moros .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Tim Gallin .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Wesley Battle .... best boy grip
Ethan Borsuk .... loader
Michael W. Brennan .... best boy electric (as Michael Brennan)
Don Cerrone .... key grip
Milly Itzhak .... second assistant camera
Martin L. Jones .... third grip
John Mitchell .... company electric
Larry Riley .... still photographer
I. Nate Scaglione .... company electric (as Nate Scaglione)
Robert Sciretta .... gaffer (as Bobby Sciretta)
Bill Trautvetter .... camera operator
Ron Travisano .... first assistant camera
Gary Jackiewicz .... grip (uncredited)
Erin Wile .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting: Amerifilm (as Meredith Jacobson Marciano)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erika Goyzueta .... wardrobe supervisor
Heather Patton .... wardrobe assistant
Aimee Schlectman .... wardrobe intern
Editorial Department
Don Ciana .... color timer
Tina Pacheco .... assistant editor
Patricia Sztaba .... negative cutter
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter (as Stan)
Joe Violante .... coordinator: Technicolor (as Joey Violante)
Music Department
Doug Bernheim .... music supervisor
John Leventhal .... music producer
John Leventhal .... musician
Transportation Department
Kevin Flynn .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jonathan Bernier .... office production assistant (as Jon Bernier)
Liza Case .... office guru
Kat Donahue .... locations assistant
Matt Dowd .... set production assistant
David Dreishpoon .... craft service (as David Dreishspoon)
Lauren Fritz .... assistant location manager
Brian Goetz .... set production assistant
Eitan Hakami .... dailies advisor
Marco Henry .... assistant to producers
Stephen Jensen .... production assistant: first team
Stephanie A. Marquardt .... script supervisor (as Stephanie Marquardt)
Hunter Marshall .... assistant chef: Premiere Caterers, Inc.
Michael Masarof .... unit production assistant
Bruno Michels .... set production assistant
Jonah Oskow .... unit production assistant
Julio Pabone .... key set production assistant (as Julio Pabon)
Diego Pina .... craft service
Jimmy Price .... location manager
Aton Roberts .... unit production assistant
Corey Roberts .... unit production assistant
Jeff Robinson .... unit production assistant
Jennifer Silver .... legal services: Jodi Peikoff Law Office P.C. (as Jennifer Silver Esq.)
Anita Sum .... production coordinator
Tom Wallin .... production accountant
Agata Zak .... legal services: Jodi Peikoff Law Office P.C.
Jimmy Zelinger .... title designer
David Zimmerman .... chef: Premiere Caterers Inc.
Milo Addica .... thanks
Donjiro Ban .... thanks
Daryl Berg .... thanks: Crusty Old Timer, Inc.
Crissy Brosig .... thanks: Victory Records
Ray Chung .... thanks: Technicolor
Sean DeCoster .... thanks
Carol Dysinger .... thanks
Fred Feldman .... thanks: Triple Crown Records
Susie Flax .... thanks
Boris Frumin .... thanks
John Fundus .... thanks: The East Coast Council of the I.A.T.S.E.
Eitan Hakami .... thanks: Post Production Playground
Anne Hubbell .... thanks: Kodak
Greg Hunt .... thanks: DC Shoes
David Irving .... thanks
Hardwick Johnson .... thanks: CSC
Chaim Kantor .... thanks: The East Coast Council of the I.A.T.S.E.
Carmen Limotte .... thanks
John Limotte .... thanks (as John)
Marc Limotte .... thanks
Ari Martin .... thanks: Nettwerk Management
Katharine Morgan .... thanks
Tom O'Donnell Jr. .... thanks: Teamsters Local 817 (as Thomas O'Donnell Jr.)
Bill Reilly .... thanks
Shawn Rogers .... thanks: SubPop Records
Michelle Satter .... thanks: The Sundance Institute
Arleen Sternfeld .... thanks
Jean Sternfeld .... thanks (as Jean)
Jon Sternfeld .... thanks
Joseph Sternfeld .... thanks
Marc Sternfeld .... thanks (as Marc)
Charlie Tammaro .... thanks: CSC (as Charlie Tammara)
Glenn Vanderlinden .... thanks: CSC (as Glen Vanderlinden)
Christine Verdi .... thanks
Joe Violante .... thanks: Technicolor (as Joey Violante)
Crew believed to be complete

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90 min
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Echoes of "Ordinary People" - LaPaglia shines, 25 April 2005
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WINTER SOLSTICE (2005) *** Anthony LaPaglia, Aaron Stanford, Mark Webber, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Michelle Monaghan, Brendan Sexton III, Ebon Moss-Bachrach. (Dir: Josh Sternfeld)

Echoes of "Ordinary People" and a first-writer's novella.

Anthony LaPaglia is an excellent actor whose talents have been lately on the small screen in the TV crime drama CBS hit "Without A Trace" but on screen it's been awhile since he's had the chance to shine and in his latest film his talents are on full display.

LaPaglia plays Jim Winters, a recently widowed father of two teenagers, attempting to hold things together including his moderately successful landscaping business in the lush suburbia of New Jersey. After the car crash that killed his beloved wife and the apparent glue to his brood the Winters family has been in a state of flux with his eldest son Gabe (Stanford) restless to break free from his dead-end job at a restaurant and his youngest son Pete (Webber) is aimlessly attempting to rebel by being a chronic late-to-riser and winding up in summer school much to their chagrin. All the while Jim has kept his grief to himself and apparently blaming himself.

Enter Molly Ripkin (Janney of NBC's "The West Wing") a newcomer who enters the picture as a neighbor's house sitter who breaks Jim's cloud by moving in a few doors down enlisting Jim to help her move in and by returning the favor invites him and his boys to a dinner. Jim is naturally awkward and still trying to heal his new wounds but sees some salvation in this sudden change of events but still must deal with his head-strong sons when Gabe announces he's saved enough money to drive down south to stay with a friend in Florida, even leaving his girlfriend Stacey (Liv Tyler look-alike Monghan) behind.

Novice filmmaker Sternfeld (making his directorial debut) – who also wrote the screenplay – tiptoes around the familiar angst in suburbia route that "Ordinary People" furrowed 25 years ago but shrewdly makes this more of a character study than a soap opera melodrama; the film feels like a first time writer's early novella. His casting of LaPaglia anchors the film with an implosive anger and rising feel of uncertainty yet doesn't rely on pyrotechnique of the human emotions that often blister what is lurking under the surface of complacency: fear and anger. LaPaglia has a few nice moments where the emotions are bubbling (I especially liked his encounter at a teacher/parent meeting where he almost bursts out in barely restrained ire) and tries to find his footing when Janney enters the picture; he clearly wants to move on but is plagued by his own hatred of himself which is subtle yet on display with his interactions with his sons.

The acting is fine – Janney is a drink of ice water in an arid story of sadness and dislocation; Stanford and Webber have a good feel for their characters as not atypical teens and Livingston has some fun as the summer school teacher who seems as bored as his charges with ancient history.

The only problem overall is the pacing seems a bit off and is arguably too low-key prompting the viewer to expect a fireworks display of feelings to come skyrocketing out of nowhere but this is not what Sternfeld has in mind and yet the stillness works. As does the rustic guitar-playing acoustic score by John Leventhal.

A nice little indie film with some assured acting and interactions that often are overlooked in the multiplexes, even in the wilds of Jersey. Trust me, I had to venture to the jungles of Manhattan to catch this gem.

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