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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

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After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown.

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Rebecca Miller

Writers:

Rebecca Miller (screenplay), Rebecca Miller (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Wright ... Pippa Lee (as Robin Wright Penn)
Mike Binder ... Sam Shapiro
Alan Arkin ... Herb Lee
Winona Ryder ... Sandra Dulles
Ryan McDonald ... Ben Lee
Cornel West ... Don Sexton
Maria Bello ... Suky Sarkissian
Arnie Burton Arnie Burton ... Doctor
Tim Guinee ... Des Sarkissian
Drew Beasley ... Chester Sarkissian, 6
Madeline McNulty Madeline McNulty ... Young Pippa, 7
Beckett Melville Beckett Melville ... Chester Sarkissian, 13
Zoe Kazan ... Grace Lee
Billy Wheelan Billy Wheelan ... Waiter
Shirley Knight ... Dot Nadeau
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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She lived many lives - except her own See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, brief nudity, some drug material and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Íntima de Pippa Lee See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Though they don't interact in this film, Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves appeared in Dracula (1992) as a couple. See more »

Quotes

Pippa Lee: [after leaving hospital where her adulterous husband who wanted a divorce has been declared brain-dead, she is sitting in bed with Chris, eating french fries after having climbed through his window] So... it's official, nobody needs me anymore.
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Referenced in Biography: Winona Ryder (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

That's All I Want
Written by Robert Byrd
Performed by Bobby Day
Courtesy of Lynn Adajian
By Arrangement with Ace Music Services LLC
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Assured, intelligent domestic drama with some nice surprises
19 July 2009 | by stowburySee all my reviews

Robin Wright Penn is uncannily reminiscent of Julie Christie in Away From Her from a couple of years ago, while the tone, topic and structure of these two assured quiet domestic dramas also have much in common. The character changes and revelations in this film stretch credibility rather more, partly because there are more of them thrown into the melting pot and not enough time to get to know some of the characters as I would have liked to. I disagree however with the comment on Keanu Reeve's performance. I thought he was excellent, as indeed were all these quality actors, though there wasn't enough of Winona Ryder to make her role entirely convincing. In a film of this nature the dialogue is the make or break factor. What people say to each other must be interesting yet credible, and this is absolutely the case in the relationships portrayed here. Altogether an absorbing, intelligent film, with some highly satisfactory twists and surprises.


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