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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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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Reese Holdin: Shelley!
Shelley: Yeah?
Reese Holdin: How old are you, anyway?
Shelley: 23. Why?
Reese Holdin: Just wanted to do the math, in case you're fucking my father.
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Referenced in The Daily Show: Ed Harris (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Didn't Feel a Thing
(2003)
Written by Charlie Campbell (as Charlie F. Campbell)
Performed by Goldcard
Courtesy of Off Records
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Moody and Paced, Rather than Bland
23 September 2005 | by ahanson-1See all my reviews

Zooey Deschanel is quite easily the most interesting thing about this movie. It is slowly paced. It is an examination of one woman's journey through an emotional roadblock. There are many aspects of this film that are out of place and a bit frivolous, all indications of a young or new filmmaker. However, I think it deserves more credit that the above description.

This film surprised me with its various nuances, many of which are the difference between a love affair with New York City and the hate that develops when it's inhabitant realizes just how wonderful (and horrible) home can be. In addition to that, it has been some time since a film was able to be charming without being too forced, something I think they do not ultimately achieve, but it is not without merit.

As mentioned above, it is worth the price of admission to watch Zooey Deschanel work her way from solipsistic bitch to humbled and hurt woman. She is raw, honest, fun, and a bit of a fu*k up. Ed Harris brings her character a bit more alive, but he himself it not at his best. As an actor he does a fine job, though I have a feeling he was left out to dry a bit by the young director. Will Ferrel almost makes his way through without being funny, though he is not removed enough from his Saturday Night Live characters to really pull through. The audience I was with seemed to love him. I nearly didn't see the movie because he was in it.

When it comes down to it this film is a first-time film director used to working in a theater medium. The writing is strong, the story interesting and for all it's pit-falls and loop-holes, it still manages to make an emotional impact. Give it a second chance.


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