Guinevere (1999)

Guinevere (1999)



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Screenwriter Audrey Wells (best known for The Truth About Cats and Dogs) makes her directorial debut in this film about an unusual May-November romance. Harper Sloane (Sarah Polley) is a 20-year-old woman who has never felt particularly comfortable or important within her family. While suffering through her older sister's wedding reception, she meets Connie Fitzpatrick (Stephen Rea), a 50-ish photogapher hired to take pictures of the wedding. They talk a bit and Connie snaps Harper's picture; when he sends her a copy of the result, she decided to pay him a visit, which turns out to be the first step in a serious relationship. However, Harper soon discovers this is neither casual or unusual for Connie; he has a long history of five-year relationships with younger women who eventually outgrow him, and as Connie tries to bring out Harper's potential, she becomes more keenly aware of the dead ends and loose threads of his life. Guinevere boasts a strong supporting cast, including Jean Smart, Paul Dooley, Gina Gershon, Jasmine Guy and Gedde Watanabe.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Stephen Rea
as Connie
Sarah Polley
as Harper
Jean Smart
as Deborah
Gina Gershon
as Billie
Paul Dooley
as Walter
Sandra Oh
as Cindy
Jasmine Guy
as Linda
Grace Una
as April
Oded Gross
as Gary
Rose Mallett
as Birthday Singer
Scott Kaske
as Transsexual Babe
Brian Frank
as Wedding Guest No. 1
Debra Engle
as Wedding Guest No. 2
Johnny Radzik
as Espresso Guy
Paulina Sahagan
as Mexican Seamstress
Kai Ephron
as Positano's Regular
Alexandra Holden
as Angelic Girl
Patti Weiss
as Tipsy Woman at Party
James Noah
as Older Man in Cafe
Lindsay Beamish
as Younger Woman in Cafe
Lynn Beasley
as Sexy Bridesmaid
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Critic Reviews for Guinevere

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Guinevere

I liked this story. A coming of age girl who wants to break from her awkwardness and be the center of attention without realizing that she wanted it meets a man who recognizes it and gains a mutual benefit as he doesn't like to become too vulnerable by being the burden of aging...not really a mid life crisis, it's just the way he chooses to finish his life. Once the girls become women and he's made them stand on their own and be able to take care of someone else then he has them leave him knowing that they will be ready for their next relationship or stage in life. He's not mistreating them, he's not cheating on them, it's a mutual benefit that he and his "Guinevere" find in each other. I can relate in my own "coming of age" when I went through relationships that ended where you learn and move on and mine were never this cordial after the break up. I'm 31 and I really wasn't bothered with the age difference- the intimate scenes were tastefully done and more like an intro so you know what happened verses watching it happen. I personally wouldn't date someone that much younger or older than me but May-December relationships are out there so to each their own. It is however a movie where there is no guessing at all about what will happen, and some of Harper's lines during the first part of the movie had me rolling my eyes. The "insecurity" came across as too over the top to take seriously and there were some major hokey moments that were gag worthy that I'm assuming I was supposed to find beautifully quirky and liberating (example: "throne" on the roof scene gaaaahhhg) Overall it was a nice character study that was refreshingly different. Worth a watch at least once but not one you'd likely want to buy.

Kristi Moore
Kristi Moore

If you like small, well acted movies with interesting characters, you will like this film. It isn't perfect, but the script is well written and features people you genuinely want to understand.

Jamie White
Jamie White

Couple of great actors in what is essentially a silly little movie. The romance seems forced. Yes, back to the original point. A wee bit silly.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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