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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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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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Come in from the cold. See more »

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Rated R for language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »
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L'invitée de l'hiver  »

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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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Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law are real-life mother and daughter. 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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Cush Macree
Composed by Michael Kamen and Alan Rickman
Performed by David Harrod (piano)
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A Visit to an Art Gallery in Scotland
27 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

First of all, the exquisite beauty of this film is mute evidence of the artistic background of the director, Alan Rickman, who was a graphics designer before he became an actor. The iciness and vastness of the frozen Scottish sea coast made me shiver in summer when I first saw it. The kids' conversation about genitalia was funny, and having had 5 children, I never knew they dropped.

Emma Thompson and her mother had a great interaction.which is so appropriate, as it shows both the love and the friction that goes on between mother and daughter who are so much alike. This is the major story line, with the subtexts occurring between the boys and between the old ladies intent on attending funerals, as they approach their own 'going away party'.

It is an unusually visually attractive film and certainly not a formulaic dialogue. I recommend it to anyone with a brain and an eye for beauty. Alice Copeland Brown


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