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The Winter Guest (1997)

R | | Drama | 24 December 1997 (USA)
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A recent widow who is determined to leave Scotland for Australia with her son gets an unexpected visit from her aging mother.

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Alan Rickman

Writers:

Sharman Macdonald (screenplay), Alan Rickman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllida Law ... Elspeth
Emma Thompson ... Frances
Sheila Reid Sheila Reid ... Lily
Sandra Voe Sandra Voe ... Chloe
Arlene Cockburn Arlene Cockburn ... Nita
Gary Hollywood Gary Hollywood ... Alex
Sean Biggerstaff ... Tom
Douglas Murphy Douglas Murphy ... Sam
Tom Watson Tom Watson ... Minister
Jan Shand Jan Shand ... Café Proprietor
Sandy Neilson Sandy Neilson ... Passer-by
Billy McElhaney Billy McElhaney ... Bus Driver
Helen Devon Helen Devon ... Woman in Tea Shop
Harry Welsh Harry Welsh ... Boy in Teashop
Christian Zanone Christian Zanone ... Young Man in Church
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Storyline

The film centers on four pairs - Frances is a recent widow who wants to get away from Scotland to Australia with her teenage son Alex to escape her memories, arrival of her old mother Elspeth makes her reconsider her decision. Alex approaches his first sexual experience with neighbour girl Nita. Chloe and Lily are two old women who like to attend strangers' funerals and Tom with Sam are two schoolboys who skip school to play on the beach and talk. Written by Anonymous

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No matter where you hide life will always find you See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'invitée de l'hiver See more »

Filming Locations:

Elie, Fife, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,305, 28 December 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$776,332, 29 March 1998
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Rickman's directorial debut. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex: Are you all right?
Frances: Don't keep asking.
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Connections

References Now, Voyager (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Blessed Assurance
(uncredited)
Music by Phoebe P. Knapp
Lyrics by Fanny Crosby
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Beautifully filmed. A great film.
10 February 1999 | by zio ugoSee all my reviews

A beautiful ordinary story. A film made of long silences and unheard incessant talk. Of painful memories and hopeful looks. Of attending funerals as social occasions. Of unexpressible love. Of a beautifully photographed gray Scottish landscape.

Emma Thomson and Phyllida Law deliver powerful performances, although the incredibly poetic early teen Sam and Tom almost steal the movie.

When you are tired of idiotic movies that look all the same, go see or rent this one. Highly recommended.


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