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Anna is a is a quiet, slightly timid woman of thirty. She lives with her family in the suburbs of a major city. Anna and her husband Sebastiaan have a calm and steady relationship. Before they got married he was her older sister's lover. Now all three seem good friends.Anna is an irrigation specialist who often travels to developing countries. During one of her visits abroad a female colleague commits suicide. The woman has hung herself. Anna finds her. Even though Anna wasn't close with the woman, her death makes a big impact on her. No one seems to know why she has killed herself. For the first time, Anna realizes that you can remain unknown even to those you have most dear. When the dead woman's husband very quickly finds a new wife, Anna's image is confirmed. It is as if the dead woman never existed.At home Anna doesn't tell anyone about the incident with the dead woman. Instead she begins to observe her husband and her family and asks herself what she means to them. Guernsey is the story of a woman who suddenly looks at her own life and wonders how she became miles apart from the people she is closest to. -- © Circe Films


Critic Reviews for Guernsey

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  • A cool slice of European minimalist drama.

    Jul 17, 2006
  • Of all the modes of modern alienation, there is none so persistent and arbitrary as finding oneself trapped in a glacially paced European art film.

    Jul 6, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5
  •'s an oasis of visual gravity, firmly tripod-rooted to the ground and entirely free of handheld manipulations. Sharply acted under the restrictive circumstances, the film might be too preconceived for its own good...

    Jul 5, 2006
  • Rock solid visual assurance carries the day in this tale of few words.

    Oct 10, 2005

    Lisa Nesselson

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  • The performances from her actors are tops, but what steals the show is Leopold's mastery of her visual language, dominated by Richard van Oosterhout's sumptuous widescreen lensing.

    May 2, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Leopold skillfully and self-assuredly draws the audience in, using the sparse and understated timbre of classic French new wave.

    Oct 10, 2005 | Full Review…

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