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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

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After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pippa Lee (as Robin Wright Penn)
Suky Sarkissian
Arnie Burton ...
Des Sarkissian
Beckett Melville ...
Billy Wheelan ...


Pippa Lee feels dislocated when she and her husband Herb move from Manhattan to a retirement community. He's older than she, they have two children who are young adults, and the daughter hardly speaks to Pippa. Pippa tells us about her life, in long flashbacks, starting with her birth to a mom who was a social dynamo and addicted to pills. As a teen, Pippa moves out and lives a hippie life until meeting Herb, who was then married to a young siren. Pippa discloses tragedies and discoveries. In the present, she's sleepwalking at night and talking from time to time with a burned-out case, the 35-year-old son of a neighbor. Can Pippa connect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The life you love may be your own. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, brief nudity, some drug material and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 July 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Íntima de Pippa Lee  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£44,511 (UK) (10 July 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Julianne Moore only spent 2 days filming her role. See more »


Pippa Lee: [after leaving hospital where her adulterous husband who wanted a divorce has been declared brain-dead, she is sitting in bed with Chris, eating french fries after having climbed through his window] So... it's official, nobody needs me anymore.
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Written by Robert Byrd
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Assured, intelligent domestic drama with some nice surprises
19 July 2009 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Robin Wright Penn is uncannily reminiscent of Julie Christie in Away From Her from a couple of years ago, while the tone, topic and structure of these two assured quiet domestic dramas also have much in common. The character changes and revelations in this film stretch credibility rather more, partly because there are more of them thrown into the melting pot and not enough time to get to know some of the characters as I would have liked to. I disagree however with the comment on Keanu Reeve's performance. I thought he was excellent, as indeed were all these quality actors, though there wasn't enough of Winona Ryder to make her role entirely convincing. In a film of this nature the dialogue is the make or break factor. What people say to each other must be interesting yet credible, and this is absolutely the case in the relationships portrayed here. Altogether an absorbing, intelligent film, with some highly satisfactory twists and surprises.

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