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Housekeeping (1987)

PG | | Drama | 5 February 1988 (Sweden)
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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.

Director:

Bill Forsyth

Writers:

Marilynne Robinson (novel), Bill Forsyth (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Lahti ... Sylvie
Sara Walker ... Ruth
Andrea Burchill Andrea Burchill ... Lucille
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Aunt Lily
Barbara Reese Barbara Reese ... Aunt Nona
Margot Pinvidic Margot Pinvidic ... Helen
Bill Smillie Bill Smillie ... Sheriff
Wayne Robson ... Principal
Betty Phillips Betty Phillips ... Mrs. Jardine
Karen Elizabeth Austin Karen Elizabeth Austin ... Mrs. Paterson
Dolores Drake ... Mrs. Walker (as Delores Drake)
Georgie Collins Georgie Collins ... Grandmother
Tonya Tanner Tonya Tanner ... Young Ruth
Leah Penny Leah Penny ... Young Lucille
Brian Linds Brian Linds ... Deputy Sheriff
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1988 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Azo Min Doda See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,083,282
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Fisherman: You come back here! Lady, you come back here! Lady, you come back!
Sylvie: He always does that. If he thinks someone's watching him, he just carries on even more.
Fisherman: Come back here!
Sylvie: Pitiful. He's gonna have a heart attack someday.
Ruth: It must be his boat.
Sylvie: Either that or he's some kind of lunatic. I'm certainly not going back to find out.
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"For Marilynne and Fred and their two wonderful boys" See more »


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Poems
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Music by Norman Warren
Bruton Music Ltd
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7 February 1999 | by Bram-5See all my reviews

I'm biased. I loved this movie. Being Canadian, I identified with the sense of isolation from the world these two women felt. What is wonderful about the story is that Ruthie and Sylvie revel in their isolation; it is exactly what they want. In its way, this is a romance. Two people, each alone, meet and discover one another. I was happy for them.


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