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Winter Passing (2005)

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Airs Sat. Oct. 22, 1:55 PM on TMC

Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that an ex-grad student and a would-be musician have moved in with her father, who cares more about his new friends than he does about his own health and well-being. Written by IMDb Editors

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Sometimes you go looking for something you want. . . and find what you need.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 June 2006 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Au fil de l'hiver  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,813 (USA) (17 February 2006)


$101,228 (USA) (7 April 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The kitten playing Spike was found in an animal shelter and saved from being put to sleep. It was adopted by the producer's brother. See more »


When Reese first slams her hand in the drawer she clearly hits her fingers at their base. When she has lunch with Deirdre and her bruise is revealed, it's on the top of her hand. See more »


Reese Holdin: Shelley!
Shelley: Yeah?
Reese Holdin: How old are you, anyway?
Shelley: 23. Why?
Reese Holdin: Just wanted to do the math, in case you're fucking my father.
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Referenced in The Daily Show: Ed Harris (2006) See more »


The Kissing Song
Written and Performed by Dawn Landes
Courtesy of Dawn Landes
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Show, Don't Tell
1 June 2006 | by (East Bay, CA, United States) – See all my reviews

One of the challenges Winter Passing faces is getting the audience to empathize with characters enough to ride the film's emotional ups-and-downs. Director Adam Rapp took a risk by placing so many of the events which define each character outside of the story, instead conveying these details through conversations between characters (i.e. "Who's pills are these?" or "Who is Corbit and why does he live here?").

The potential reward of this "Tell-Don't-Show" approach is that the director can add dimension to the characters by providing a greater quantity of personal history and details. The risk, however, is that the audience won't invest enough emotionally in the characters to really care about what happens to them.

The acting was quite good; I'm always glad to see Will Ferrell push beyond his slapstick beginnings, and he and Zooey Deschanel have very believable chemistry. But by relying so heavily on dialogue and description, the film subverts the medium, and made it hard for me to identify with any of the four main characters.

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