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My Life So Far (1999)

Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian, her daughter, her inventor husband, their ten year old son and his ... See full summary »

Director:

Hugh Hudson

Writers:

Denis Forman (book) (as Sir Denis Forman), Simon Donald (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Edward
Rosemary Harris ... Gamma
Irène Jacob ... Aunt Heloise (as Irene Jacob)
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Moira
Malcolm McDowell ... Uncle Morris MacIntosh
Robert Norman ... Fraser
Tchéky Karyo ... Gabriel Chenoux (as Tcheky Karyo)
Kelly Macdonald ... Elspeth
Roddy McDonald Roddy McDonald ... Rollo
Daniel Baird Daniel Baird ... Finlay
Jennifer Fergie Jennifer Fergie ... Brenda
Kirstin Smith Kirstin Smith ... Meg (as Kirsten Smith)
Sean Scanlan Sean Scanlan ... Andrew Burns
John Bett John Bett ... Uncle Crawford
Anne Lacey Anne Lacey ... Aunt Eunice
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Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian, her daughter, her inventor husband, their ten year old son and his older sister. Through the household comes a number of suitors hoping to impress the young woman, including an aviator. When the elder woman's son shows up at the estate with his French fiancé, everything gets thrown into turmoil. The young boy takes a sudden interest in her sexual allure and his father is disturbed by his own non-Victorian feelings. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Imagine a summer in paradise with nothing to do except everything your heart desires.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including some nude pictures | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1999 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

World of Moss See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,937, 25 July 1999

Gross USA:

$635,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$635,620
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1927. See more »

Goofs

The Boeing-Stearman Model 75 trainer shown in this film was not introduced until 1934. See more »

Quotes

Edward Pettigrew: Jazz is the sound of the devil sniggering at our follies.
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Crazy Credits

Grateful special thanks to the entire Miramax London operation and the people of Stracchur & Cairndow. See more »


Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No.23 in F Minor (Appassionata), Op.57
(1807)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Beethoven)
Performed by Imogen Cooper
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"My Life As a Dog" Meets Masterpiece Theater
26 July 1999 | by massadvjSee all my reviews

Generally, we associate the term "slice of life" to television commercials, but I can think of no more appropriate term to describe this film about an early-twentieth century Scottish upper class family. The film has the look, feel and pace of an episode of "Masterpiece Theater," with a predictable assortment of eccentric characters, so avoid it if you do not like that sort of thing.

The main plot is about a boy's coming of age, and his trying to make sense of the inconsistencies he discovers between what men say and what they actually do. It is reminiscent of "My Life As a Dog," but nowhere near as powerful.

Irene Jacob as Heloise, the boy's young and attractive aunt, is a magical screen presence, although her performance is uneven. Other reviewers have noted the ambiguity of the Colin Firth character. We are never certain whether to love him or hate him. Personally, I did not find this to be a problem because I think we encounter the same discrepancies with people we meet in real life. The big unanswered question for me was why Heloise was marrying the uncle. Did she love him, and if so where were his redeeming qualities? Was it his money? Then why did she seem so sweet? That was never clear to me.

All in all, "My Life So Far" is an entertaining diversion, marginally worth the price of admission. ***


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