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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

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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Storyline

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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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un amor, dos destinos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,010,000, 11 September 2005

Gross USA:

$8,586,392

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,618,284
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A sex scene was shot between Jennifer Lopez and Josh Lucas in the back of a truck, but it was cut from the theatrical release in order to avoid an R rating. See more »

Goofs

When Jean and Griff are first shown driving away, the car is shown going down a gravel road. Griff asks her mom about a couple of towns when the car breaks down. The next shot is Jean, standing outside on a nice paved two lane highway hoping to see another vehicle. The camera shot shows the highway far into the distance with no sign of a dirt road. 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 »

Soundtracks

Good Woman Bad
(1993)
Written by Pat McLaughlin and Roger Younger
Performed by Josh Turner
Courtesy of MCA Nashville
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Redford's finest hour
17 September 2005 | by aharmasSee all my reviews

Some films are able to capture subtleties in a pretty straightforward manner, and this is one of them. With the very capable support of Morgan Freeman, a quite good Jennifer Lopez, and masterful work by Robert Redford, we're treated to a special film, a study of family relationships where things don't appear contrived or staged.

People carry grudges and live with demons for many years; some are unable to even get rid of them. That's the case of Redford's character. Without a way to release himself, he has managed to create a pretty miserable existence for himself. The only redeeming moment arising from the relationship with his best friend.

Things are bound to change with the arrival of his daughter-in-law and the granddaughter he never knew existed. The drama unfolds quite nicely and our hearts are touched along the way. It's a quiet movie, full of lovely vistas and some intense drama. It doesn't pack the punch of "Million Dollar Baby", a film which it's bound to recall because of the Freeman's character dynamics. Give yourself a treat and enjoy Redford in the comeback film of his career.


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