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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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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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The best type of adult film
31 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This will be regarded as 'a woman's movie' since it is written and directed by a woman (Rebecca Miller) and its central character (Robin Wright Penn) and most of the support roles (Julianne Moore, Winona Ryder, Blake Lively, Mario Bello, Monica Bellucci) are women too. But the male roles (Alan Arkin and Keanu Reeves) contribute to a stellar cast and the themes of self-discovery and self-expression are universal. If Pippa is angst-ridden, it's because she's had a traumatic life and the movie reveals a series of dramatic incidents, while concluding on a hopeful note. With not a car chase or a special effect in sight, this is an adult film in the proper sense of the word and as such well-worth viewing.

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