To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)
Movie InfoIt's Gillian's birthday, but she won't be able to attend the family gathering held at her husband's remote Nantucket Island home in her honor, at least not physically because Gillian died two years before in a boating accident. Husband David Lewis accepts the fact that she is gone but is still not ready or able to let her go. His teenage daughter Rachel was also devastated as she, like her father, witnessed the death, but she is young and strives to build a new life. She is concerned that her father still takes nightly strolls upon the beach to converse with his late wife. On the fateful day, Gillian's sister Esther and her spouse Paul show up, not so much to celebrate, but to jolt the increasingly preoccupied David back from his fantasy world by threatening to take Rachel away from him in court. Chronicling the night and day of the gathering, this emotional family drama centers on the pain and healing that occurs between David, Rachel and Gillian. … More
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Critic Reviews for To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
A bargian basement Ghost, a hybrid of the earnest nature of an inspirational play and the sleek calculation of a Lifetime TV movie.
Based upon a stageplay, the plot is very straightforward and predictable, and has no strong emotional payoffs, but the drama is stuffed with the feelings and confusions of grief and some viewers may find sufficient solace in that to respond to the film's
Tries too hard to make the audience cry; practically each 'emotional' moment is highlighted by the soft musical sounds of a harp and wind section.
Michelle Pfeiffer is appropriately cast as a ghost, but this meditation on death and remembrance is curiously spiritless.
Audience Reviews for To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
this movie is about a guy whose wife died and although she died two years ago, Gillian Lewis (Michelle Pfeiffer) is still very much alive for her grieving husband, David (Peter Gallagher who lives with his 16year old daughter on Nantucket island and spends time with his imaginary wife every night on the beach. His life has basically stopped and his concerned sister in law (with husband and blind date for Peter) show up for the Labor Day Weekend.
this movie is touching and moving as it deals with the emotions of letting go of the past and those left behind.
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