The Winter Guest (1997)



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Alan Rickman (Sense and Sensibility) directed the real-life mother and daughter Phyllida Law and Emma Thompson in mother-and-daughter roles for this film version of Sharman MacDonald's play (also directed by Rickman). With warmth and humor, it explores the relationship of cantankerous Elspeth (Law, in the role she originated on stage) and her recently widowed daughter, photographer Frances (Thompson). An uninvited winter guest, Death lurks in a small Scottish seacoast town where both confront … More

Rating: R (For language and brief sensuality)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Alan Rickman, Sharman MacDonald
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On DVD: Aug 30, 2005
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as Elspeth

as Minister

as Cafe Proprietor

as Passerby

as Bus Driver

as Woman in Tea Shop

as Boy in Teashop
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Critic Reviews for The Winter Guest

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (14)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Moving as flawlessly and gracefully across the movie screen as the snow on its mute, chilly Scottish landscape, the film inspires amazement and awe as the work of novice director, Alan Rickman.

October 5, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Winter Guest


Rickman's directorial debut is technically sound but the plot drags despite the best efforts of Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law.

John Ballantine
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I really liked the film, I just don't know how to describe how much I liked it. Well, put it this way ... it's Emma Thompson & Phyllida Law in a film directed by Alan Rickman ... I mean, what's not to like? It was a little long for me, & I could really only get interested in the Mother-Daughter and 2 schoolboys stories. The teenagers in love & old ladies who go to funerals .... just felt ... I don't know .. too much? Anyways, the scenery, Thompson, Law & Rickman are brilliant. Watch it.

Jenna Greathouse

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