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Winter Passing (2005)

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Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zooey Deschanel ... Reese Holden
Darrell Larson ... Director
John Bedford Lloyd ... Leontes
Deirdre O'Connell ... Deirdre
Mandy Siegfried ... Ruth
Amy Madigan ... Lori Lansky
Dallas Roberts ... Ray
Ivan Martin ... Bartender
Robert Beitzel ... Rob
Laurie Kennedy Laurie Kennedy ... Nun
Will Ferrell ... Corbit
Ed Harris ... Don Holden
Mary Jo Deschanel ... Mary
Amelia Warner ... Shelly
Sam Bottoms ... Brian
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Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that an ex-grad student and a would-be musician have moved in with her father, who cares more about his new friends than he does about his own health and well-being. Written by IMDb Editors

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Sometimes you go looking for something you want. . . and find what you need.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, some drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 2006 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Au fil de l'hiver See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,091, 17 February 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$101,228, 9 April 2006
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The kitten playing Spike was found in an animal shelter and saved from being put to sleep. It was adopted by a producer's brother. See more »

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In the scene in which Zooey is having missionary sex, the gaffer tape over her nipples can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Shelley: Would he ever show you his stuff?
Reese Holdin: I had to buy every book he has written.
Shelley: Must have been an interesting childhood.
Reese Holdin: Yeah. Competing for attention with twin No.3 Underwood typewriters won't do too much for your self-esteem.
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References Cops (1989) See more »

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I Can't Tell You Why
(1979)
Written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Timothy B. Schmit (as Timothy B. Shmit)
Performed by Will Ferrell and Eric Shimelonis
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Inside the Box
29 May 2006 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Though the cover for the DVD of WINTER PASSING (a photo of the four main characters crowded into a box) may make many potential viewers pass over this little film, thinking that it must be silly slapstick, this is a fine film written and directed with finesse and style by Adam Rapp, a new face whose talents have been somewhat limited to working on episodes of the TV series 'The L Word'. Rapp gives notice of a fine writer and an equally fine director in this barely noticed little touching movie.

Reese Holdin (Zooey Deschanel) lives in New York, an actress relegated to small parts in off Broadway theater while spending her days as a bartender hooked on alcohol, drugs and casual sex. Her life seems dead-ended: she has become anesthetized by her manner of living. An agent (Amy Madigan) approaches her with an offer to pay her for the letters between her parents, both once famous authors. Her mother has just died, and Reese didn't attend her funeral, so distant does she feel is her relationship to her past. But the spark of money moves her to ride a bus back to her Michigan home to salvage the letters to sell for publication.

Arriving home she is greeted by the weird Corbit (Will Ferrell), a Christian electric guitar player and composer who ears black eyeliner etc, but does care for Reese's severely alcoholic father - the once famous writer Don Holdin (Ed Harris) who hasn't written a novel in years and lives in the garage of his home under the care of Corbit and an ex-student Shelley (Amelia Warner), a bright very young girl with demons of her own. Reese works at reconnecting with her father, struggles with her resentment for the 'caregivers', and ultimately finds the letters she came for, only to make discoveries about her dysfunctional family and her father's status that alters her view of his value as her parent.

The movie is rather stagy and most of the action is unspoken, and while that technique of telling this particular story seems exactly right to this viewer, there are some who will feel frustrated at the rather static pace of the film. Zooey Deschanel once again proves that she is one of our finest actresses on the screen and hopefully this role will bring her to the attention of casting agents and result in our seeing more of this gifted actress in the future. Ed Harris is superb as the wasted, quietly grieving has-been author, keeping his performance understated and in doing so creating a character that is indelible in our minds long after the movie is over. Amelia Warner is also a fine little actress and even galumphing Will Ferrell brings more than his usual tiring comedic talents to this touching role. In all this is a movie that deserves wide attention. There is more to quietly hear and understand about interpersonal relationships than we would expect from the cover! Grady Harp


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