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Housekeeping (1987)

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After their mother commits suicide, two sisters end up living with their kind but peculiar aunt in their grandmother's old house in a small 1950s town.

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Andrea Burchill ...
Anne Pitoniak ...
Aunt Lily
Barbara Reese ...
Aunt Nona
Margot Pinvidic ...
Helen
Bill Smillie ...
Sheriff
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Principal
Betty Phillips ...
Karen Elizabeth Austin ...
Mrs. Paterson
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Mrs. Walker (as Delores Drake)
Georgie Collins ...
Grandmother
Tonya Tanner ...
Young Ruth
Leah Penny ...
Young Lucille
Brian Linds ...
Deputy Sheriff
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In the Pacific Northwest in 1955, two young sisters, abandoned by their mother, wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>; edited by Peter Victor

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5 February 1988 (Sweden)  »

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Azo Min Doda  »

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$1,083,282
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Even though this was filmed in the interior of British Columbia (Canada), the city bench scene with Christine Lahti sleeping after picking berries was actually filmed in the main square of Port Coquitlam. The city hall is adjacent to this central square on Shaughnessy Street (the main thoroughfare of this Vancouver suburb). See more »

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Ruth: Silvie had no awareness of time. For her, hours and minutes were the names of trains.
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"For Marilynne and Fred and their two wonderful boys" See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1987 (1988) See more »

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Starlight Blue
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Music by Alain Leroux
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Great movie! Underscores the humanity and simplicity of being anonymous and of living "off of the grid"!
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I wish this movie were available on DVD!!!

Christine Lahti does her typically superlative job of depicting a woman whose values come from the heart rather than deriving from the dictates of western civilization. As always, she expresses the best of the free spirit which I believe can be found in any one of us.

Two young sisters end up in the custody of their aunt Sylvie, who has spent her life having abandoned the trappings of western civilization in general and of consumerism in particular.

In order to support her young nieces, Sylvie returns from the wild, so to speak, and helps to raise the girls in a manner which allows them to see the freedom of disassociation from society and its dictated "norms".


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