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How To Make An American Quilt Movie Review Summary

Actors: Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft

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A woman goes to her grandma's ranch to figure out what she wants out of her life and learns the stories of the different women in her quilting group. Finn escapes to her grandmother's, having doubts about her impending marriage to Sam, and to finish her thesis. There she spends time with her grandma's quilting group, a bunch of eclectic women, with varied pasts. They are making her a wedding quilt representing different aspects of love based on their own experiences. As Finn struggles to write and to figure out her commitment issues, we encounter flashbacks of each of the women in the group. We meet Sophia, a diver, who falls in love with a good man. However, when she slides into domestic life, she soon loses her lust for life. Her husband leaves her and she is miserable. We move to the story of Em, a beautiful seductive woman who captures the heart of a flighty artist. They fall madly in love, but their love is tainted with his womanizing. Next are Finn's grandmothers, Hy and Glady who are sisters. It reveals the sisters' rift stemming from Hy's affair with Glady's husband when she became widowed. We also meet Anna, Glady and Hy's black servant who is like family and teaches them about quilting. A white man fathered her baby and they were separated. Marianna, her daughter is introduced as an independent woman who takes on many lovers. However, her soul mate, a man she meets once in Paris, becomes her lost love, realizing that he's already married. There's also Constance, a younger woman who has never gotten over the loss of her loving husband. Finn, a product of a broken marriage also talks to her mother, who she feels shares her strong untamed spirit. When her mother tells her that she is reconciling with her father, she quickly realizes that there's hope for her yet. The quilt is finished, and taking with her the heartfelt wishes of her grandma's friends, she runs back to Sam, ready to start a life with him anew.
Best part of story, including ending: I like the flashbacks into different decades, the 30's, the 50's, the 60's, and showed how these women dealt with their relationships.

Best scene in story: I like when Finn follows the black crow, to her destiny, and she finds Sam camped out in the orange grove.

Opinion about the main character: I think Finn is a self-absorbed woman who neglects the things that are important in her life.

The review of this Movie prepared by Tina Medina a Level 30 Banded Kingfisher scholar





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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Woman/class/friends story?    -   women's (plural) story

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing    -   seeing nude female butt    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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