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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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Pippa Lee (as Robin Wright Penn)
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Ben Lee
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Don Sexton
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Suky Sarkissian
Arnie Burton ...
Doctor
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Des Sarkissian
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Chester Sarkissian, 6
Madeline McNulty ...
Young Pippa, 7
Beckett Melville ...
Chester Sarkissian, 13
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Grace Lee
Billy Wheelan ...
Waiter
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Dot Nadeau
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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A Vida Íntima de Pippa Lee  »

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Though they don't interact in this film, Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves appeared in Dracula (1992) as a couple. See more »

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Sam Shapiro: [beginning of film: toasting Herb at dinner party] I have known Pippa Lee for 25 years and I think that I will really ever know her. She is a mystery... an enigma... giving, caring, beautiful, intelligent... the very icon of an artist's wife.
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Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss, Jr.)
Adapted by Holger Petersen
Performed by Kapelle Kellner
Courtesy of Aabaa Records, Hamburg
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The best type of adult film
31 July 2009 | by 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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