The Winter Guest (1997)


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British actor Alan Rickman makes his directorial debut with this thoughtful and gentle quartet of overlapping but not interrelated tales of the lives of four pairs of villagers in a small Scottish coastal town on the coldest day of the year.

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Critic Reviews for The Winter Guest

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7)

The Winter Guest is a pleasure to watch, if only (but not only) for the chance to see Thompson. She is a continually revealing artist.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 5, 2007

Well-made but dreary mother-daughter conflict

Nov 28, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

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

Mar 5, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Mar 1, 2002 | Full Review…

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

Feb 28, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

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