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Winter Solstice (2003)

Elfrida Phibbs thought she was retiring from her London life to a "geriatric bolthole" in the country. She soon finds herself compassionately tending to her neighbor, Oscar, who has ... See full summary »

Director:

Martyn Friend

Writers:

Rosamunde Pilcher (novel), William Corlett (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Niklas ... Oscar Blundell
Geraldine Chaplin ... Gloria Blundell
Sinéad Cusack ... Elfrida Phibbs
Emilia Streets Emilia Streets ... Francesca 'Fran' Blundell (as Emma Streets)
Sophie Schütt Sophie Schütt ... Carrie Marchmont
Ralf Bauer ... Andreas Mendel
Peter Ustinov ... Hughie McLellan (as Sir Peter Ustinov)
Jason Durr ... Sam Howard
Jean Simmons ... Countess Lucinda Rhives
Anna Maguire ... Lucy Marchmont
Marsha Fitzalan ... Didi Marchmont
John Bird John Bird ... Barry
Maureen Lipman ... Marcia
Gregory Finnegan ... Giles
Alastair Bruce Alastair Bruce ... Rory Kennedy
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Storyline

Elfrida Phibbs thought she was retiring from her London life to a "geriatric bolthole" in the country. She soon finds herself compassionately tending to her neighbor, Oscar, who has suffered a tragic loss. Together, they agree to depart to Scotland for the holidays, in order to avoid Christmas and the painful memories of what has been lost. They will simply skip Christmas. But Elfrida has a young relative desperate to get her own teenage niece, Lucy Marchmont, away from ugly family drama in London, and asks to join Elfrida in Scotland. Soon, Christmas of the heart creeps in, and this group of random people find a different kind of Christmas might be the best kind.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Rosamunde Pilcher - Wintersonne See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was Jean Simmons' final television acting role before her death on January 22, 2010 at the age of 80. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Marchmont: Why do they always treat me like a kid?
Rory Kennedy: Because you are one.
Lucy Marchmont: Oh, c'mon Rory.
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Film first then book
6 November 2005 | by susan-358See all my reviews

I first saw the film when screened January 2005 I have since bought the DVD. I loved the whole casting in the film but in particular it was Sinead Cusack performance that delighted me. It lent itself to more in depth story and time spent on characters the brush stroke of the different story lines did however lure me to the book by Rosmunde Pilcher. I had not read her work before too romantic I thought but have since read some of her other works. The story of the film while being different from the book adds to it for a 'new' Pilcher fan. Gentle moving story in film more depth in book and great casting where has that Jan Niklas been very pleasant on the eye.


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