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Winter Guest (1997)

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67

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Movie Info

Adapted from a stage play by Sharman McDonald, this film marks the directorial debut of British character actor Alan Rickman. Set against a bleak winter landscape of rural Scotland, the story centers around the recently widowed Frances (Emma Thompson) and a visit from her mother, Elspeth (Phyllida Law, Thompson's real-life mother). Elspeth seeks to console Frances, but Frances resists. The mother and daughter have a prickly relationship. While they thrust and parry emotionally, Frances' son Alex

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Art House & International, Drama

Alan Rickman

Aug 30, 2005

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (9) | DVD (4)

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
WBAI Web Radio

Well-made but dreary mother-daughter conflict

November 28, 2005
Film Journal International

The film's modest goals are met, and the austere technical aspects of the production further preserve the film's reserve.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

A warm and winning film about the blessings of human connections.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The film deals with personal inter-generational interactions in a manner that is touching and realistic.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Acted with depth and acuity by its ensemble cast.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Winter Guest

Rickman's directorial debut is technically sound but the plot drags despite the best efforts of Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law.
July 5, 2013
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  • The Winter Guest (UK)
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