But make no mistake, this is a smorgasbord of great acting from some of the best actresses to ever grace stage or screen. Vanessa Redgrave's eyes are as expressive as ever, and given the space in which she has to play here, must be used to utmost effect and, of course, she delivers. There has been some criticism of Natasha Richardson's work, but after a few days to reflect, I found to be very well done in that she was playing her character exactly as she should - an uptight career woman, loyal wife and doting mother - which contrasts perfectly with Toni Collette's lost and searching sister, another magnificent turn from this compelling actress. It was great to see Eileen Atkins and her crooked little mouth, Mamie Gummer was a revelation for me and Glenn Close will rock you with her power. The scene with Meryl Streep and Redgrave was a mystic experience, these two titans sharing one last moment of discovery at the wonder of life.
Everyone will take what they want from this film, but the message for me was it's not enough to make choices and live with them - you really have to LIVE them!