Writer Audrey Wells (The Truth About Cats and Dogs) makes her directing debut in Guinevere, which won the screenwriting award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, where it made its world premiere. The film concerns Harper Sloane, a twenty-something upper class pre-law student who falls for Connie, a bohemian photographer 30 years her senior. Shy, waifish, and camera shy, Harper feels her life is mapped out for her, coming from a long line of successful, Harvard-educated lawyers living in San Francisco. At her older sister's wedding, Harper meets Connie, who photographs her privately. When he shows her the photos, Harper (whom Connie refers to only as Guinevere) is intrigued, and a passionate romance and sexual attraction begins. Harper moves in with Connie to become his student, against her mother's wishes. Harper also learns that she isn't Connie's first Guinevere; in fact, there have been a half-dozen others, all of whom have remained friends. As the relationship takes its ups and downs, Harper comes out of her shell to become a stronger woman, more in control of her life and destiny than she would have ever dreamed possible. As Connie slowly dies from poverty and alcoholism, all of his Guineveres, including Harper, come together to remember (and drink to) his work and his life. … More
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Critic Reviews for Guinevere
Gives us a working relationship in progress rather than the usual Hollywood sitcom.
...a story about bad love - and how, sometimes, that is exactly what we needed at the time.
Polley immediately zeroes on Harper's insecurities and quiet fears and brings them delicately to the surface.
I admire the filmmakers because they steadfastly refused to tack on a Hollywood ending.
A film that might have survived with a little integrity drowns in its own silly soapsuds.
A totally unbelievable coming of age love story told from the female's perspective.
Its intelligent examination of the girl-man romantic dynamic is a refreshing change of pace.
This is the best acting in a completely insincere film I think I've ever seen.
Audience Reviews for Guinevere
Couple of great actors in what is essentially a silly little movie. The romance seems forced. Yes, back to the original point. A wee bit silly.More
An intriguing movie! Interesting role for Sarah Polley. Stephen Rea is great. Gina Gershon is absolutely beautiful.
Great music by Christophe Beck!
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