Winter Guest
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Adapted from a stage play by Sharman McDonald, this film marks the directorial debut of British character actor Alan Rickman. Set against a bleak winter landscape of rural Scotland, the story centers around the recently widowed Frances (Emma Thompson) and a visit from her mother, Elspeth (Phyllida Law, Thompson's real-life mother). Elspeth seeks to console Frances, but Frances resists. The mother and daughter have a prickly relationship. While they thrust and parry emotionally, Frances' son Alex (Gary Hollywood) longs for the tomboy Nita (Arlene Cockburn). Two young boys, Tom (Sean… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Moving as flawlessly and gracefully across the movie screen as the snow on its mute, chilly Scottish landscape, the film inspires amazement and awe as the work of novice director, Alan Rickman."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"A warm and winning film about the blessings of human connections."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Well-made but dreary mother-daughter conflict"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"The film deals with personal inter-generational interactions in a manner that is touching and realistic."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The film's modest goals are met, and the austere technical aspects of the production further preserve the film's reserve."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Acted with depth and acuity by its ensemble cast."
‑ Bob Satuloff, Film Journal International
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