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6.41 h 57 min200712
Our greatest actresses - Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, and more - come together in this heartwarming story of mothers and daughters, family.
Lajos Koltai
Claire DanesToni ColletteVanessa Redgrave
English [CC]
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3.9 out of 5 stars

265 global ratings

  1. 53% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 20% of reviews have 4 stars
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Reviewer S5Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 May 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Feel Bad Movie - Unlikeable Selfish Characters Have Premarital Sex Then Don't Marry
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Having Meryl Streep try and rescue the film at the end shone the light on how bad it was.

First we have Harris, the man girls and a heterosexual male are supposed to disintegrate in love for, but played by an actor, whom one reviewer expressed his talent better than I could - "has the charisma of a cowpat"

The relation between all the characters, past and present, wasn't all clear to me, and I even had to draw a diagram trying to work it out. The one relation that seemed clear to me from the start, I got wrong - that Ann and Buddy were dating. But they were just friends who acted very convincingly as if they were dating.

Then Ann turned into a psycho when Buddy showed her a note she had written him in class when they met,
and soon after screaming at him to stay away from her, after he suggested they spend their life together dancing and laughing or something like that.

The psycho and the 'cowpat' then went to a hideaway to have premarital sex.

We weren't shown how they broke up but were shown a future scene when the 'cowpat', who hadn't developed any more charisma, said, with his wife and child in the background, how he still loved her.

The film is a perfect example of how untogether the film industry can be.
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ThorwifeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wow! Brilliant movie!! Definitely a new fave!
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What a gorgeous movie! Dramatic, but not overly so, and ends on a tearful, poignant, but happy note... not easy to come by, I'm sure! Clare Danes was magnificent! Redgrave was extremely excellent as well! Patrick Wilson was so well cast and Hugh Dancy is really good as well. Loved this movie so much and would highly recommend!
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kbaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 September 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Glad to return to this film years later...
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I was sceptical when the film first came out because I listened to the reviewers too much. But now with time passing and watching fresh, I can appreciate it again. The performances are all good and it does make you wonder about pursuing love and family, especially in the age of Covid. This film made me think again about what matters and having the right amount of expectations and also choosing to be happy.
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J. Scott-mandevilleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 January 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
A stellar cast takes this film to the stars
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A romantic drama of a dying singer remembering her young days and early romances. Schmaltzy? Yes, of course, but raised above cloying sentimentality by wonderful performances from an all-star cast. Vanessa Redgrave, as the leading character, Anne Grant, is hardly seen below the neck as she is on her deathbed, but she is so facially expressive, her acting shines through her marvellous eyes. Her daughters, played by her own daughter Natasha Richardson (not long before her tragic death) and Toni Collette, are both extraordinarily luminous. Claire Danes as young Anne, has just the right balance of naivety and worldliness, vulnerability and capability, to bring a vivacious edge to the crucial nub of the story, the wedding of Anne's friend Lila in the snobby and conventional world of rich Hampton society. Lila, played by Mamie Gummer when young, Meryl Streep when old, is beautifully conveyed, the girl marrying as she should rather than as she would, and the likeness continuity conveyed by the costuming and make-up between the young and old Lila is impressive.

The screenplay, co-written by Michael Cunningham, has all the hallmarks of 'The Hours' and with three of the main players from that film - Danes, Collette, and Streep, shows some similarities. The fifties drama of young Anne's romances depends on nuances of acting and expression, especially Danes and Dancy, and subtly contrast with Anne's daughters' contemporary personal conflicts, admirably portrayed by Richardson and Collette, with the period details of conversation and situation capturing the social constraints of both periods. The secondary roles are classily portrayed by Eileen Atkins, Hugh Dancy, and Patrick Wilson.

This is a remarkable little film and a very pleasant DVD to recommend for a quiet evening.
7 people found this helpful
BellebookandcandleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 April 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Mothers and Daughters acting together.
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I enjoyed this film and hope to read the book. What I thought was nice, were the two mothers and daughters who acted in the film. Moreso poignant as Vanessa Redgrave acts beside her late daughter, the lovely Natasha Richardson. Of course the other mother and daughter being Meryl Streep with Mamie Gummer. A very good story and good performances by all. Very much a movie to watch on a girl's night in.There is romance,unrequited love,drama and tragedy.
3 people found this helpful
Mr. TReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Plays OK. Late delivery
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Surface scratches but plays OK. Late delivery but kept informed.
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RoyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 August 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
slow boring
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no plot
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KarolReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Happy buyer
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As expected
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