The Winter Guest
The Winter Guest (1997)

British actor Alan Rickman makes his directorial debut with this thoughtful and gentle quartet of overlapping but not interrelated tales of the lives of four pairs of villagers in a small Scottish coastal town on the coldest day of the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 24, 1997
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

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.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A warm and winning film about the blessings of human connections.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Well-made but dreary mother-daughter conflict

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The film deals with personal inter-generational interactions in a manner that is touching and realistic.

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Jeremy Heilman

The film's modest goals are met, and the austere technical aspects of the production further preserve the film's reserve.

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Bob Satuloff
Film Journal International

Acted with depth and acuity by its ensemble cast.

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John Ballantine
Rickman's directorial debut is technically sound but the plot drags despite the best efforts of Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law.