The Winter Guest Movie Review Summary

Actors: Emma Thompson, Phyllida Law

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The Winter Guest

It is February in a small town on the north coast of Scotland, during a winter so cold the sea has frozen over near shore. Although the central emotional relationship in this story is between Frances, a young widow (Thompson) still closed off from the world in grief, and her crotchety, irritating mother Elspeth (Thompson's actual mother Phyllida Law), who tries to get her to live again, there are three other pairs in the plot as well. Frances's teenage son Alex falls into the fine clutches of Nita, a lively girl who has been interested in him for quite a while; Tom and Sam are two young boys who cut school to talk, play, and tussle (and provide much of the comic relief, if you can tune in to their heavy Scottish accents); and Chloe and Lily are two elderly ladies who pass the time attending the funerals of strangers. The 1997 film (co-written and directed by actor Alan Rickman, based on a play by Sharman MacDonald) has a calm, austere beauty, with Law providing much of the commentary and Thompson presenting a rich, largely silent emotional apex.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Alan Rickman co-written and directed this unique independent film which consisted of several interlocked events. There's one about a special mother and daughter relationship,one of 2 elderly women quirky hobby of attending strangers' funerals and one about first love,etc.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   general coming of age story Family, loving    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   mother    -   daughter Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   British Age group    -   trouble in grade school Sexing?    -   first sexual experience Coping with loss of loved one?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

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    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   play

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