Pippa Lee feels dislocated when she and her husband Herb move from Manhattan to a retirement community. He's older than she, they have two children who are young adults, and the daughter hardly speaks to Pippa. Pippa tells us about her life, in long flashbacks, starting with her birth to a mom who was a social dynamo and addicted to pills. As a teen, Pippa moves out and lives a hippie life until meeting Herb, who was then married to a young siren. Pippa discloses tragedies and discoveries. In the present, she's sleepwalking at night and talking from time to time with a burned-out case, the 35-year-old son of a neighbor. Can Pippa connect?Written by
Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, and Monica Belucci previously appeared in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). See more »
[beginning of film: toasting Herb at dinner party]
I have known Pippa Lee for 25 years and I think that I will really ever know her. She is a mystery... an enigma... giving, caring, beautiful, intelligent... the very icon of an artist's wife.
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Little Turtle Dove
Written by Bobby Day (as Robert Byrd)
Performed by Bobby Day
Courtesy of Lynn Adajian
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Middle age settling no fun when you're still a passionate woman...
Robin Wright is very good as Pippa Sarkissian, who is a disaffected rock chick and party girl, living a life of partying then she meets successful businessman Alan Arkin on the beach one summer marries him and settles into life of middle age.
Not the kind of life for a vibrant woman who still has dreams, passion, and is attracted to 35 year old Keanu reeves ( a hilarious scene as she is in bed with him and his mother pops in the bedroom). Also when she takes pottery lessons, the teacher critiques her effort and she smashes the clay in humorous contempt. A nice cameo with veteran actress Shirley Knight ("As Good as it Gets" mother to Helen Hunts character).
Pippa knows her elderly is husband is cheating on her with an even younger waif (Winona Ryder). Arkin's previous wife is portrayed by the gorgeous Monica Bellucci, and some wonderfully funny scenes by her as she threatens Arkin with a gun if he leaves the marriage.
A good woman's story with clever humor, no trite romantic comedy "Lifetime" film here. It's from a woman's point of view, which is nice to see for a change. Everyone has mid-life crisis, men cheat, women leave. But the story works because it has an edge of reality to it and reminded me a bit of the sardonic "Slaves of New York". Fun and real, highly recommended. 9/10.
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