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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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Solstice - The Longest or the Shortest Day : Pausing as a Voyeur in the Life of a Fractured Family See more (27 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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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Rated R for language
90 min
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Solstice - The Longest or the Shortest Day : Pausing as a Voyeur in the Life of a Fractured Family, 22 September 2005
Author: gradyharp from United States

Josh Sternfeld has done the unthinkable. He has elected to tell a story merely by allowing the viewer to overhear the minimal dialogue of the characters without supplying a linear plot or explanation of how a little family fell apart.

Landscaper Jim Winters (Anthony LaPaglia is a brilliant role) is the single father of two sons - Gabe (Aaron Stanford) who is the older and looking for ways to move away from his boring little small town home to find breathing space in Florida, and Pete (Mark Webber) a confused kid who wears a hearing aide and only sporadically seems to tune in to life and school. The three men live a fairly orderly life since the death 5 years ago of the wife/mother in a car accident which Pete survived. Jim tries to maintain some semblance of family but just cannot quite step out of his ill-defined grief to get a perspective on life. Obviously some forces of change are needed to heal this family of men.

Into the neighborhood moves Molly Ripkin (Allison Janney) who is house sitting for friends while she breaks away from being a paralegal to try her hand at making unique jewelry. She connects with Jim, tries to connect with his sons, but at the least she introduces a figure of gentle concern and focused presence. Pete finds some understanding from a summer school teacher (Ron Livingston) and begins to see some concept of meaning to his life. Gabe's decision to leave for Florida's promise of better life means he also must say goodbye to his only rock of realism - his girlfriend Stacey (Michelle Monaghan). With all of these elements of change in the air the story just ends. What will happen now is left to us to decide.

Yes, the film is slow moving, relying on minimal dialogue and more on silences and gazes. But Sternfeld opens this little family drama in such a tender way that we find ourselves wholly committed to the plight of each character. He makes us care. And that is the true beauty of minimalist art in film-making. The acting is first rate, with LaPaglia and Janney giving performances that deserve attention come awards time. Highly recommended for those who appreciate quiet sensitive films. Grady Harp

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