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An Unfinished Life (2005)

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Desperate to provide care for her daughter, down-on-her-luck Jean moves in with her father in-law from whom she is estranged. Through time, they learn to forgive each other and heal old wounds.

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Lasse Hallström
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... Einar Gilkyson
Jennifer Lopez ... Jean Gilkyson
Morgan Freeman ... Mitch Bradley
Josh Lucas ... Crane Curtis
Damian Lewis ... Gary Winston
Camryn Manheim ... Nina
Becca Gardner ... Griff Gilkyson
Lynda Boyd ... Kitty
Rob Hayter ... Deputy
P. Lynn Johnson ... Shelter Supervisor
Byron Lucas Byron Lucas ... Motorcycle Rider
Trevor Moss Trevor Moss ... Griffin Gilkyson
R. Nelson Brown ... Kent (as Rnelsonbrown)
Dillard Brinson Dillard Brinson ... Gnome Owner
Jason Diablo Jason Diablo ... Customer #1
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To escape an abusive boyfriend, without announcing her plans in advance, Jean Gilkyson takes her young daughter Griff to the Wyoming ranch of her father-in-law, Einar. Jean and Einar are disaffected, as he blames her for the death of his son in a car accident. Einar is taking care of his friend Mitch, who was attacked by a bear, and Einar does not know that he has a granddaughter. While Mitch heals and forgives the bear, Einar also changes his feelings regarding Jean, finally understanding that accidents happen and accepting her and loving Griff. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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every secret takes on a life of its own

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Drama | Family | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some violence including domestic abuse, and language | See all certifications »

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Germany | USA

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English

Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un amor, dos destinos See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Jennifer Lopez also played a battered wife three years earlier in Enough (2002). See more »

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In the scene where Griff and her mom are arguing at Nina's house, Griff's hair is in front of her ear in one shot and the next it's tucked behind. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Einar Gilkyson: [talking to raccoon] I heard you interfering little bastards rummage around my yard. I'll thank you for keeping the owls off of my cats.
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Features Below (2002) See more »

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If You Had Called Yesterday
(2004)
Written by Wendell Mobley, Cory Batten and Kent Blazy
Performed by Julie Roberts
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Redford's legacy continues as an observer of "ordinary people"
7 October 2005 | by d_maccarterSee all my reviews

Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, and eye candy, J. Lo., along with a delightful young new comer Becca Gardener and a believable story, and you have an honest to goodness story of real people dealing with real life.

Many will see it as a soap opera.

As you look back at the projects Redford has been involved with, you see continuity. He likes to look into the lives of "ordinary people" living simple normal lives. No cheap tricks here. Just an honest story.

Jean Gilkyson, (J. Lo) the young, widowed and down and out of luck daughter-in-law of Einar Gilkyson (Redford) is a battered woman in Iowa. She and her 11 year old daughter Griff escape her abusive boy friend (Lewis) from Iowa and manage to reach the dumpy Wyoming ranch of her once father-in-law. No love is lost between the two as he blames her for the untimely death of his son. (No Spoilers here!) Predictably, there is conflict and drama between the two. Add in the wonderful supporting act of Morgan Freeman as the ailing ranch hand living in a nearby cabin, a bit of romance between J. Lo. and the local sheriff, the appearance, disappearance and reappearance of the abusive boyfriend from Iowa along with the absolutely delightful performance of Becca Gardner whose eyes will mesmerize you and, "Bart the Bear" and you have well spent time and money.

-Enjoy


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