June 29th, 2007



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A drama exploring the romantic past and emotional present of Ann Grant and her daughters, Constance and Nina. As Ann lays dying, she remembers, and is moved to convey to her daughters, the defining moments in her life 50 years prior, when she was a young woman. Harris is the man Ann loves in the 1950s and never forgets.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.4/10 (8,022 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Lajos Koltai

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Toni Collette, Claire Danes

The love which binds mother and daughter -- seen through the prism of one mother's life as it crests with optimism, navigates a turning point, and ebbs to its close. Overcome by the power of memory, Ann Lord reveals a long-held secret to her concerned daughters; Constance, a content wife and mother, and Nina, a restless single woman. Both are bedside when Ann calls out for the man she loved more than any other. But who is this "Harris," wonder her daughters, and what is he to our mother? While Constance and Nina try to take stock of Ann's life and their own lives, their mother is tended to by a night nurse as she journeys in her mind back to a summer weekend some fifty years before, when she was Ann Grant, a young woman who has come from New York City to be maid of honor at the high-society Newport wedding of her dearest friend from college, Lila Wittenborn. The bride-to-be is jittery...

Writers: Susan Minot, Michael Cunningham

Claire Danes - Ann Grant
Toni Collette - Nina Mars
Vanessa Redgrave - Ann Lord
Patrick Wilson - Harris Arden
Hugh Dancy - Buddy Wittenborn
Natasha Richardson - Constance Haverford
Mamie Gummer - Lila Wittenborn
Eileen Atkins - The Night Nurse
Meryl Streep - Lila Ross
Glenn Close - Mrs. Wittenborn
Ebon Moss-Bachrach - Luc
Barry Bostwick - Mr. Wittenborn
David Furr - Ralph Haverford
Sarah Viccellio - Lizzie Tull
Cheryl Lynn Bowers - Peach Howze

Taglines: The greatest actresses of our time in one extraordinary movie


Official Website: CMC Movie [Taiwan] | Focus Features [United States] |

Release Date: 29 June 2007

Filming Locations: 85th St. and West End Avenue, New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $3,501,971 (USA) (1 July 2007) (977 Screens)

Gross: $12,406,646 (USA) (29 July 2007)

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Did You Know?

Mamie Gummer plays the younger version of her real-life mother Meryl Streep, while Natasha Richardson plays daughter to her real-life mother Vanessa Redgrave.

Anachronisms: When Ann and Buddy dance around the house, the recording playing is sung by Michael Bublé, who would not have been born, much less been recorded at that time.

Buddy Wittenborn: "Wittgenstein, Schmittgenstein. What's for lunch?"
Mrs. Brown: Just close your eyes and think of a time when you were happy.

User Review


Rating: 9/10

Saw this Saturday night at the Provincetown Film Festival, and it's a stick-to-your-bones movie -- it's really stayed with me. Adapted very smartly from what is probably an excellent novel, it's a back-and-forth-in-time drama with fully rounded characters, thoughtful rumination on life choices, and, I'm not exaggerating. one of the greatest casts ever assembled in 100+ years of movie-making. Wonderful work from everyone, led by a luminous Vanessa Redgrave as a dying, deluded Newport matron, and Claire Danes as her much younger self. Meryl Streep's daughter Mamie Gummer is, like Mama, the real deal; Patrick Wilson looks like Paul Newman circa 1958 and doesn't overplay the charm; and what a pleasure to see such excellent stage actors as Barry Bostwick and Eileen Atkins contributing sharp, detailed cameos. Hugh Dancy, also from the stage, doesn't bring much edge to the somewhat clichéd role of an unhappy rich wastrel, and the family issues are resolved perhaps more neatly than real life would allow. But it's a deliberately paced, visually gorgeous meditation on real life issues, and you can cry at it and not feel like you're being recklessly manipulated. Also, what a sumptuous parade of 1940s/50s automobiles.


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