Winter Guest
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Alan Rickman (Sense and Sensibility) directed the real-life mother and daughter Phyllida Law and Emma Thompson in mother-and-daughter roles for this film version of Sharman MacDonald's play (also directed by Rickman). With warmth and humor, it explores the relationship of cantankerous Elspeth (Law, in the role she originated on stage) and her recently widowed daughter, photographer Frances (Thompson). An uninvited winter guest, Death lurks in a small Scottish seacoast town where both confront loneliness. Frances wants to flee her memories by leaving for Australia with her teenage son Alex… 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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