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Bill Forsyth

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About the Movie

In the Pacific Northwest in the 1950s, two young sisters abandoned by their mother-Ruth (Sara Walker) and Lucille (Andrea Burchill)-are raised by a succession of aged relatives until their aunt Sylvie (Christine Lahti) arrives like a breath of fresh air. Sylvie returns home to bittersweet memories and the town's harsh scrutiny, but the girls are thrilled to have a charming young role model. Sylvie has been living for many years on the road, however, and her life is detached from the norms of the community. Sylvie's new responsibilities offer her a chance for real love, sharing, a home and a sense of family-all things she has not felt for a long time. But eventually Ruth and Lucille's perceptions of Sylvie change, and the two girls develop vastly different ways of relating to this eccentric, original woman.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 9
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The most impressive thing about this haunting fable is Forsyth's fluidity and grace as a storyteller. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Aug 7, 2015

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Customer Reviews

A Quiet Masterpiece

A haunting little comedy that deserves to be far better known. Impeccable from start to finish, funny and moving in the very best ways. It doesn't get better than this. Thanks to itunes for making this film available.

Plain awful!!

I just wasted two hours of my life! Terribly slow moving with no direction. What a waste of $4.99.

A Great Film !!!

This is one of my favorite films! It's an intelligent, incisive examination of human behavior, with all the different nuances of emotions. Far more than just a comedy ! Christine Lahti is Brilliant ! This movie has wonderful secrets to discover.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1987

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