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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

Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Robert Altman was involved in the production when it was early in development. 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 »

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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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Best acting job of Redford's
27 September 2005 | by cherifficSee all my reviews

I thought this was Redford's best acting by far. He keeps getting more talented with age. He is my favorite actor. However, he seemed a little wooden and unemotional in some of his past roles i.e. Out of Africa (even though this is one of my favorite Redford movies. The hair washing scene is so sexy!). I was just so impressed with his portrayal of an angry and bitter man. He had a depth to his character that I've never seen him convey before. If you're a Redford fan, you will truly enjoy this gorgeous and thought provoking movie. I wish Redford would win a Best Actor Oscar before he retires.

Also, I think Morgan Freeman brings out the best in his fellow actors. He & Redford have excellent chemistry. Morgan is amazing. He has such a classy and soulful spirit.

Everyone is perfectly cast in the movie. The little girl nearly steals the show from the seasoned actors. It's a must see. I'm looking forward to owning this movie.


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