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The Winter Guest

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A dense, filling slice-of-life set in a tiny snowbound Scottish burg, where four pairs of characters grapple with various aspects of human hardship. Thompson plays opposite Law, her actual mother, as a recently widowed photographer whose haze of grief has driven a wedge into their relationship. Rickman's directorial debut, adapted from the stage play by Sharman MacDonald.
    • Rating - For language and for brief sexuality
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ID1355LIDVD

  • Credits
    Emma Thompson, Phyllida Law, Gary Hollywood, Arlene Cockburn, Sheila Reid, Sandra Voe, Douglas Murphy, Sean Biggerstaff
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Rickman has brought the cloistered stage play to vibrant life...his work with the actors is universally superb..."
    Box Office

    "...[Law and Thompson] give touchingly true performances..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Ravishing, resonant images.....What is most striking about Rickman's debut is his control of mood, delicately teasing out the metaphorical possibilities of freezing and ice..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...The actresses share looks and even body language..."
    USA Today

    "...A poetic, affecting film....[Law and] Thompson transcend..." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[The film] luxuriously drinks in a magnificent desolation that conjures up somber thoughts of mortality and human loss..."
    New York Times

    "...Phyllida Law and Emma Thompson are mother and daughter in real life, and in the film they have the familiarity of a lifelong couple....[Rickman] has a great command here of look and tone..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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