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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 overview, first billed only:
... Reese Holden
Darrell Larson ... Director
... Leontes
... Deirdre
... Ruth
... Lori Lansky
... Ray
... Bartender
... Rob
Laurie Kennedy ... Nun
... Corbit
... Don Holden
... Mary
... Shelly
... 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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Rated R for language, some drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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15 June 2006 (Portugal)  »

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Au fil de l'hiver  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,091, 17 February 2006, Limited Release

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$101,228, 9 April 2006
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The piano song played in the end of the film is "Bittersuite" composed by Zooey Deschanel. See more »

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Right after Reese kisses Corbit and he falls into the chair, his right-handed guitar is positioned correctly for left-handed playing. When the camera cuts back, the guitar is flipped and the strap passes over the neck of the guitar; putting it in an impossible position for left-handed playing. See more »

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Reese Holdin: For some reason I imagine you as an only child growing up in some vast, impenetrable mansion with turrets, Daddy modeling perpetual tennis wear, Mum playing badminton and having biscuits and tea on the front lawn. Why don't you go back to Narnia or wherever the fuck you're from and leave my dad alone?
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References Cops (1989) See more »

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Those to Come
(2003)
Written by James Mercer
Performed by The Shins
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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Moody and Paced, Rather than Bland
23 September 2005 | by See 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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