The Winter Guest details
|Starring:||Gary Hollywood, Emma Thompson, Phyllida Law, Douglas Murphy, Sandra Voe, Sean Biggerstaff, Arlene Cockburn, Sheila Reid|
The Winter Guest
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Dec 2001|
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A day in the life ...By LynneMcF from CLEVELAND , 19 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]The Winter Guest is a solemn offering, performed in a staged manner, not surprising since four of the five principal female characters appeared in the stage play.
There is no real beginning or end to this movie; it is a snapshot of the lives of four pairs of characters on a cold day in Scotland.
It is reminiscent of Truly Madly Deeply, the power of grief and the serendipity of what a day can bring - mille feuille, romance and kittens or death, anger and despair.
Recommended for Michael Kamen's splendid piano score and the commonplace splendour of Elie and Pittenweem in the East Neuk of Fife.
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Mindscape and LandscapeBy FlossiefromRye (3 reviews) , 13 Oct 2013I absolutey loved this film - it lived with me for years after I originally saw it and when I saw it again I was not in any way disappointed. It is a slow paced film as it is dominated by the depression of the recently widowed main character. If you are looking for entertainent this is not the film for you. If, on the other hand you recognise that strange way that grief has of colouring the entire landscape you will be amazed at Alan Rickman's determined control of the material. It is not without relief, the two women whose leisure is spent visiting funerals are a delight. A quietly beautiful film that stands the test of time.
Oh dear noBy Oldbloke (348 reviews) from Sidmouth , 10 Jul 2013In a small frozen Scottish seaside town, a widowed photographer and her mother attempt to repair their relationship whilst others try and find something to do with their day. Big Thompson fan and really wanted to like this beautifully shot little movie, but the characters and dialogue were just awful. Not a single word of it sounded real or made any sense and the endlessly tinkling piano soundtrack had me praying for the credits. And lets face it, if it really was cold enough to freeze the sea, nobody would talk about or care about anything other than keeping warm.
Needs a plot!By The KnightWatcher (627 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 12 Mar 2013Emma Thompson is wasted in this.. Story of mother / daughter relationship etc, in deeply frozen seaside town in Scotland. Promises much but in the end is dull, laborious, and uneventful. Great scenery but that is all.
Waste of timeBy a customer , 02 May 2012Well acted but no plot and no purpose. Surely there has to be some story line? What's it all about. Frozen sea but people walking about with their coats open!
had three goes at this filmBy a customer , 05 Aug 2011Looking foward to this film but found it very hard going,and had to have a few breaks to make sure I was still alive ! although some funny moments and some very believeble I really could not sit through it again !