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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elspeth
... Frances
Sheila Reid ... Lily
Sandra Voe ... Chloe
Arlene Cockburn ... Nita
Gary Hollywood ... Alex
... Tom
Douglas Murphy ... Sam
Tom Watson ... Minister
Jan Shand ... Café Proprietor
Sandy Neilson ... Passer-by
Billy McElhaney ... Bus Driver
Helen Devon ... Woman in Tea Shop
Harry Welsh ... Boy in Teashop
Christian Zanone ... Young Man in Church
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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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Rated R for language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »
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Opening Weekend USA:

$21,305, 28 December 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$776,332, 29 March 1998
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Alan Rickman's directorial debut. See more »

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[first lines]
Alex: Are you all right?
Frances: Don't keep asking.
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References Now, Voyager (1942) See more »

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Blessed Assurance
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Music by Phoebe P. Knapp
Lyrics by Fanny Crosby
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Gorgeous
18 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Alan Rickman has made a breathtakingly beautiful, haunting movie that sucks you in and won't let you go until long after the credits have finished rolling. The story centers on four couples: a mother and her grieving adult daughter, her son and the girl who takes a fancy to him, two young teenage boys going through all the troubles of puberty, and two old ladies with nothing left to do but attend funerals. Their stories are intervowen, against the backdrop of a gorgeous Scottish winter landscape, which is threatening to take over and swallow them whole. They all have to find their paths in life, realize what's important and what's worth living for.

The pace of this movie is very slow, so granted, it's not for everyone. But if you like your movies bittersweet, with reality seeping out of every pore, then this is a film for you.


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