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Brush with Fate (2003)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 2 February 2003
The story of a painting as it moves from owner to owner through the centuries.

Director:

Brent Shields

Writers:

Susan Vreeland (novel), Richard Russo (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Burstyn ... Rika
Glenn Close ... Cornelia Engelbrecht
Thomas Gibson ... Richard
Phyllida Law ... Maria
Kelly Macdonald ... Aletta Pieters
Patrick Bergin ... Headmaster
Kieran Bew ... Adrian Kuypers
Betty Schuurman Betty Schuurman ... Digna
Jan Decleir ... Old Laurens
Thekla Reuten ... Saskia
Roef Ragas ... Stijn
Laurien Van den Broeck Laurien Van den Broeck ... Magdalena Vermeer
Daniël Boissevain ... Sol
Paul Muller ... Old Karl Engelbrecht
Carly Wijs ... Faculty Woman
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Storyline

The story of a painting as it moves from owner to owner through the centuries.

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1880s | 1800s | merchant | 1710s | 1700s | See All (38) »

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A mystery hidden for generations. Now the truth will finally be revealed.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Brush with Fate (#52.2) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not Too Bad
29 July 2005 | by fblackwelderSee all my reviews

This movie is a decent adaptation of the novel--however, reading the novel is almost necessary in order to get the depth of the characters' struggles throughout the film. I have used this film with students studying Vreeland's novel and they have found it a wonderful aid in comprehending the novel. While I am sure many have read the novel and enjoyed it, there is a deeper subtext that the novel implies that is not captured in the film. In each story there is a child/parent relationship that is pivotal to meaning of the painting to that particular owner. I enjoyed the performances---especially Glenn Close, who truly captured the craziness of the character Cornelius from the novel and the story of Magdelena was well told.


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