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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 (as Laurien Van Den Broeck)
Daniël Boissevain ... Sol (as Daniel Boissevain)
Paul Muller ... Old Karl Engelbrecht
Carly Wijs ... Faculty Woman
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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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Melodrama, interesting structure
27 July 2013 | by WerewearerSee all my reviews

I checked this out because of the cover. IN the opening scenes, Glenn Close acts so well I sat through the rest of the film, even though she did only the intro and the outro. Her eccentric, somewhat blind old academic was a stereotype, but I won't discuss it further because it would turn into a spoiler. Suffice to say, much of the movie that came after went a little over the top, full of exaggerated conflicts and exaggerated emotions. The interesting part of the film is the structure. It's an ass-backward way to doing history. I imagine Close's character, who narrates the stories to her colleague, opened one can of worms in her investigation only to raise a question about an earlier time, and so on, and that's how she tells the story. A little confusing at first, but when I figured it out, I spent time after making the connections.. That's how it runs, and in that way, it's interesting.


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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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Stereo

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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