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The Girl in the Park (2008)

The Girl in the Park




Critic Consensus: Sigourney Weaver delivers a towering performance in this poignant meditation on unresolved grief.

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A socially isolated woman still haunted by the disappearance of her three-year-old daughter 15 years ago obsesses over the prospect that a troubled young woman whom she has recently befriended may in fact be her long-lost daughter in The Lake House director/screenwriter David Auburn's affecting psychological drama. Sigourney Weaver stars as the long-grieving mother, and The Devil Wears Prada's Kate Bosworth stars as the mixed-up teen who becomes the object of the dejected woman's hopeful fixation.more
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Auburn
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On DVD: Dec 1, 2009
Blue Sky Media


Sigourney Weaver
as Julia Sandburg
Keri Russell
as Celeste
Elias Koteas
as Raymond
Maury Ginsberg
as Marcus Broyard
Joanna Gleason
as Sarah Graczyk
Felipe Bonilla
as Bartender
Seiko Higuma
as Euro Trash
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Critic Reviews for The Girl in the Park

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

Essentially about loss, guilt and regret, Auburn's film also examines Julia's increasingly unhealthy obsession with her surrogate daughter, which gives it an air of uneasy tension that never amounts to much.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Auds can see what Auburn was aiming for, but his portrait of grieving and wishful thinking doesn't connect emotionally. He's not helped by Weaver's brittle, unsympathetic perf, which borders on caricature.

Full Review… | September 11, 2007
Top Critic

An overwrought melodrama with bold intentions but poor execution.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
Empire Magazine

The film stretches credibility a little with the coincidences that could yet make Louise the missing girl, but gives the actors plenty to work with.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
Times (UK)

while there is a lot to like in Auburn's tightly focused film, it never fully pulls together.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008

Auburn leaves too many dramatic holes and blows his potentially explosive 'Festen' moment by allowing a confrontation over dinner to fizzle into anti-climax.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Girl in the Park

Sigourney plays a woman who is haunted by the disappearance of her daughter from the park when she was 3 years old. She helps a troubled young girl and convinces herself that she is her long lost daughter. Good cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Enjoyed this, much to my surprise! After the picky mood I have been in with films today, I really couldn't see a film about a missing child doing it for me when I couldn't even get interested in a film starring Amanda Seyfried. I only really pulled this out as I had been leant this dvd a while ago and needed to return it. I figured I would put it on for a few minutes, then move onto the next one in the pile. At least I could say I gave it a go, right?
Amazingly this story really did suck me in. It is by no means fast paced, or especially exciting, just a quiet little film about a women who's chid is abducted, and how she has gotten on with her life for 16 years never knowing what happened to her daughter. She meets a troubled young girl named Louise who is the same age her daughter would have been now,and becomes convinced it is her missing Maggie. You don't find out until the end if it is or not, but honestly it barely matters by then. This is a really sweet story about two damaged women and how they help each other. Nicely cast - I was surprised to see Keri Russell is not in this as much as I would have thought (or liked), but Kate Bosworth is really good as Louise - I usually do find her an okay actress, I am not sure why she is so panned all the time. Sigourney looks a little old at the beginning of this film, to have such a young child, but her age works fine in the plus 16 years part. Brandon Sexton I didn't recognise - wow, he has changed!
Not a movie for all I would think, but may well be worth a look if you enjoy dramas.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth, Alessandro Nivola, David Rasche, Kerri Russell, Elias Koteas

DIRECTED BY: David Auburn

A mother, enduringly traumatized by the disappearance of her three-year old daughter 15 years ago, has cut herself off from her ex-husband and son. However, when a troubled young woman with a checkered past enters her life, old psychic wounds painfully resurface, as does the illogical and increasingly irrational hope that the young woman may be the daughter she lost so long ago.

If not for the acting of Sigourney Weaver and being a fan of hers that I am, I don't know if I would have finished this movie. It started out really good and I was really interested in where it would go from there. Unfortunately it didn't go very far. It really just never develops. The story had potential. But it just kinda drags out and the ending just wasn't fulfilling for me. There was no closure in the ending. Really wanted to like this movie considering the plot. Just didn't do it for me. But Sigourney does do a great job, and Kate Bosworth was believable.


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