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The Stone Angel (2007)

R  |   |  Drama  |  11 July 2008 (USA)
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In Manitoba, Hagar Shipley is nearing 90. She has little, she tells us, but her memories. Over several weeks, during which she runs away from her son and daughter-in-law who want to place ... See full summary »

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Hagar
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Doris
Judy Marshak ...
Silver Elms Matron
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Silver Elms Bridge Player
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Child Hagar
Ryland Thiessen ...
Child Telford
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Child Charlotte
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Child Matt
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Ardith Boxall ...
Lottie's Mother
Arne MacPherson ...
Doctor
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Reverend Troy
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Young Hagar
R. Morgan Slade ...
Young Telford
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In Manitoba, Hagar Shipley is nearing 90. She has little, she tells us, but her memories. Over several weeks, during which she runs away from her son and daughter-in-law who want to place her in a nursing home, returning to the small town where she grew up and the now-derelict farmhouse where she was married and raised two sons, we follow Hagar in the present and in memories that trace her childhood, marriage in defiance of her father, and later losses. She's fiercely even foolishly proud. Can she make peace with anyone she loves, or is she left to rage against the dying of the light? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes it takes your whole life to get it right. See more »

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Also Known As:

El ángel de piedra  »

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$31,883 (USA) (11 July 2008)

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$31,883 (USA) (11 July 2008)
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There were over 50 picture vehicles used in the filming that spanned 5 decades. See more »

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During the first flashback scene when the children are running away from the funeral home a black hatchback with rear windshield wiper is seen in an alley off to the right of the screen. See more »

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Arlene: I want to have a baby.
John: We're broke.
Arlene: We love each other. It'll be a love child.
[they both laugh quietly. meanwhile, Hagar walks silently in and sees what's going on]
John: Well, my mom leaves town in a couple weeks. Then we can get married, and we can talk about having a baby, okay?
Arlene: I don't care about a wedding or anything.
John: You can have whatever you want.
[it becomes more intense; they are both breathing faster]
Arlene: [breathlessly] I want lots of babies.
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Whiskey, You're My Darling
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I liked it.
22 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the movie recently and really liked it. I surprised myself and cried. This movie is in the same niche genre as "Away from Her" - or even "The Bucket List" but handles the whole aging theme with incredible authenticity. It's really really tough to have the main character as unlikable as Hagar. The director does a masterful job with the challenge. Hagar's hard to understand. Her world has hard edges and she isn't a warm endearing woman at all.

The first scene gets this across without any compromise. Hagar (Ellen Burnstyn) is being taken to a nursing home by her son and daughter-in-law. She figures it out en-route and freaks out. Her edges are really hard. She is mean. She is belittling and selfish. She is a stone. I didn't like her - not even a little bit.

Throughout the course of the movie, we get insight. We find out why she doesn't like petunias, why she favors one son over the other, how her losses have formed her character... I started to see the angel... and I started to like her. I especially liked her when she poured out her secrets to the boy in the shack. Ellen Burnstyn, you are a brilliant actor. Kudos. Kudos. Kudos. What a scene!

This isn't a "feel good" movie, but it is certainly a movie that brings the viewer to empathy. I understand more clearly that hard edges in a person's life are there to protect, they are there for a reason...

Hagar isn't my mother - she isn't even my mother-in-law or neighbor... but parts of her are present in many women (and men) in my life. Those parts somehow make more sense to me now that I've watched The Stone Angel.


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