In a Private Garden (1998)

In a Private Garden




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A couple (Joely Richardson, Aden Young) with marital problems concoct a plan to be named in their wealthy employer's will. Molly Parker. Directed by Meg Richman.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
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On DVD: May 18, 1999



as Eleanor Dunston

as Buck Henson

as Cynthia Loomis

as Cynthia's Mother

as Mrs. Fletcher

as Francis

as Brittany
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

One of the worst films at Sundance, Richman's update of Henry James' novel Wings of the Dove, is marred by obvious text, shallow motivations, and pat ending; beware the romantic meller is aka Under Heaven (where it should have stayed).

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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I found it uninspiring. I couldn't get a handle on Young's character, who at times seems to be a dumb slab of meat, and at other times is reciting poetry.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

October 13, 2005

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for In a Private Garden


[font=Century Gothic]"In the Shadows" begins with Cynthia(Molly Parker) finally having had it with her boyfriend Buck's(Aden Young) drinking and drug use and walks out on him. After losing her waitressing job, Cynthia goes to work as an aide for Eleanor(Joely Richardson), a wealthy and lonely young woman who is dying of cancer. Soon after, Cynthia comes across Buck living on the streets and gets him a job as a gardener for Eleanor but introduces him as her half-brother. Cynthia hatches up a scheme where Buck is to seduce Eleanor in order to inherit her money...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"In the Shadows" is a not quite predictable movie that ably balances between being cynical and maudlin. The excellent performances of Parker and Richardson raise the film above the routine.[/font]

Walter M.

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