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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sylvie
... Ruth
Andrea Burchill ... Lucille
Anne Pitoniak ... Aunt Lily
Barbara Reese ... Aunt Nona
Margot Pinvidic ... Helen
Bill Smillie ... Sheriff
... Principal
Betty Phillips ... Mrs. Jardine
Karen Elizabeth Austin ... Mrs. Paterson
... 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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The story of a woman slightly distracted by the possibilities of life. See more »

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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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The film takes place in 1955. 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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Pacific 333
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Music by Alain Leroux
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One of my top 5 flicks
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The way this movie ends with the shot of the railroad tracks - reminded me of the way in school they ask two parallel lines ever meet? Mathematically the answer is no but visually it's hard to believe. That dichotomy is at work here in what you feel has been done will happen.

The ambiguity is refreshing when most movie makers or studios feel that `happy' or obvious ending are the only thing an audience will take.

I was so moved by this movie I also read the book which is as wonderful...

A total total joy.


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