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Family Pictures (1993)

Nina Eberlin comes home to visit her now-divorced parents and while looking through a collection of pictures taken by her father and herself, she reflects on how the pictures illustrate the... See full summary »


Philip Saville


Sue Miller (novel), Jennifer Miller (teleplay)

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... David Eberlin
Kyra Sedgwick ... Nina Eberlin
Dermot Mulroney ... Mack
Jamie Harrold ... Randall
Anya Alessandroni Anya Alessandroni ... Nina (3)
Alexandra Petrocci Alexandra Petrocci ... Nina (5-6)
Laura Bertram ... Nina (12-15)
Jared Wall Jared Wall ... Mack (4)
Corey Sevier ... Mack (8)
Sean Ryan Sean Ryan ... Mack (11)
Joshua Ragetlie Joshua Ragetlie ... Randall (2)
Anthony Nicholas Antonacci Anthony Nicholas Antonacci ... Randall (6) (as Anthony Antonacci)
Jared Cook Jared Cook ... Randall (8-9)
Brittany Ber Brittany Ber ... Mary (1)
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Nina Eberlin comes home to visit her now-divorced parents and while looking through a collection of pictures taken by her father and herself, she reflects on how the pictures illustrate the nature of families. She begins to tell the story of how her parents discovered their son Randall was autistic and how each reacted to that. Her mother had three more kids, all daughters, "the perfect children." The controversy over that and Randall's treatment pulls the parents apart. It also forces Nina and her older brother Mack to re-evaluate their relationship with each other and each parent. Written by Erika Grams <erika@email.unc.edu>

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21 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Családi fényképek See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada

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1.33 : 1
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I felt this movie described this special situation very well.
8 August 2004 | by s-kyleSee all my reviews

I am the parent of a grown son with a form of autism. Life with a special needs child can be chaotic, especially with a diagnosis that is very vague and so unpredictable. When you have a child with this disorder, you live in "their world" a lot of the time and so do their siblings. It can become indistinguishable. I felt that Anjelica Huston's performance was so powerful that I would believe that she had actually lived it. I can relate to her. First of all, her protectiveness of her son. She always wanted to include him even though it was not necessarily best for him or for the rest of the family. There have been so many times I have tried to do the same thing. Secondly, she was always trying to make things right with him and keep the peace. You feel so much guilt when things aren't right with your children. The siblings are definitely effected and influenced. Their lives become different also, but not necessary in a negative way. I felt they captured many of the same feelings my daughter has dealt with and is dealing with today. Sam O'Neill gave a compelling performance as the father. Unfortunately, the mother could not see beyond her pain and grief to appreciate a husband who was there initially and cared so much. Because she was unable to deal with this devastating reality of life and her feelings of failure as a mother, she drove him away. I felt this movie was not about autism, but about the lives affected by it. Well done!

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