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Blackbird (2019)

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A terminally ill mother arranges to bring her family together one last time before she dies. A remake of the 2014 Danish film 'Silent Heart'.


Roger Michell


Christian Torpe (screenplay by), Christian Torpe (based on 'Silent Heart' written by)
3,289 ( 329)
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Complete credited cast:
Sam Neill ... Paul
Susan Sarandon ... Lily
Anson Boon ... Jonathan
Kate Winslet ... Jennifer
Rainn Wilson ... Michael
Lindsay Duncan ... Liz
Bex Taylor-Klaus ... Chris
Mia Wasikowska ... Anna


Lily is dying and by the end of this weekend, she'll be dead. She suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is planning to pursue euthanasia with the help of her husband Paul and invites her family and her longtime best friend Liz to the house so they can spend her final days together. But there's tension between her daughters, the uptight Jennifer and the wayward Anna, and it threatens to destroy her perfectly laid-out plan. Written by The Guardian

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

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Diane Keaton was in initial negotiations to star, but Susan Sarandon was eventually cast. See more »


Lily: [after dropping her glass of wine] Well you know it's time when you need to start drinking Chablis from a paper cup.
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Remake of Silent Heart (2014) See more »


Allemande (Suite 6, Movement 2)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Peter Gregson
Performed by Peter Gregson, Richard Harwood, Reinoud Ford, Tim Lowe, Ben Chappell, Katherine Jenkinson
Published by Chester Music Ltd
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Moving and depressing Ensemble piece
3 October 2020 | by Alexander_BlanchettSee all my reviews

A really movieg film. Some could blame it to be too much "into your face" but it still moved me to the core as it Made me asking how I would handle a situation like that and the more you think about it the more it depresses you. But in a good way as the film's story really challenges you with morality and along with that tells a great story about love and family bonding. The acting is superb. Susan Sarandon finally gets to show in a great huge role again and she really nails it. She adds a lot of sarcasm to it which helps the make her character appealing and convincing, especially considering the struggle she has inside her. Kate Winslet is very calm here and leaves the field for Sarandon. Winslet has some really good moments and built her character well. Mia Wasikowska has the juicier role and is good, too. I loved Sam Neill whose characters tries everything to make the atmosphere positive and hold everything together. Good support by Lindsay Duncan as well. A very intimate film by Roger Michell and a film that deserves much more attention than it received. Yes, it leaves you depressed. And yes it leaves you with a lot of questions but important ones. Really moving and well acted ensemble piece.

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Release Date:

18 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

West Sussex, England, UK


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