Winter Guest

The Winter Guest

Director: Alan Rickman, Phyllida Law, Emma Thompson, Gary Hollywood

Cast: Alan Rickman, Phyllida Law, Emma Thompson, Gary Hollywood

     
 
Adapted from a stage play by Sharman McDonald, this film marks the directorial debut of British character actor Alan Rickman. Set against a bleak winter landscape of rural Scotland, the story centers around the recently widowed Frances (Emma Thompson) and a visit from her mother, Elspeth (Phyllida Law, Thompson's real-life mother). Elspeth seeks to console Frances,

Overview

Adapted from a stage play by Sharman McDonald, this film marks the directorial debut of British character actor Alan Rickman. Set against a bleak winter landscape of rural Scotland, the story centers around the recently widowed Frances (Emma Thompson) and a visit from her mother, Elspeth (Phyllida Law, Thompson's real-life mother). Elspeth seeks to console Frances, but Frances resists. The mother and daughter have a prickly relationship. While they thrust and parry emotionally, Frances' son Alex (Gary Hollywood) longs for the tomboy Nita (Arlene Cockburn). Two young boys, Tom (Sean Biggerstaff) and Sam (Douglas Murphy), are in the neighborhood looking for adventure. Two older women, Chloe (Sandra Voe) and Lily (Sheila Reed), go to funerals of strangers. The epidosic film eventually ties together all these characters in a surprising way, but the core of the drama is the evolution of the difficult mother-daughter relationship. ~ Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
UPC:
0014381135527
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Interviews with Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law; Behind-the-scenes footage; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Phyllida Law Elspeth
Emma Thompson Frances
Gary Hollywood Alex
Arlene Cockburn Nita
Sheila Reid Lily
Sandra Voe Chloe
Douglas Murphy Sam
Sean Biggerstaff Tom

Technical Credits
Alan Rickman Director,Screenwriter
Joan Bergin Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Clark-Hall Co-producer
Emmanuel Clarke Executive Producer
Robin Cameron Don Production Designer
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Ken Lipper Producer
Sharman MacDonald Screenwriter
Seamus Mcgarvey Cinematographer
Joyce Nettles Casting
Christopher Newman Asst. Director
Colin Nicholson Sound/Sound Designer
Colin Nicolson Sound/Sound Designer
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Scott Thomas Editor
Ruth Vitale Executive Producer
Alan J. Wands Associate Producer
Jonathan Weisgal Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Winter Guest
1. Main Title [4:50]
2. The Winter Guest [11:28]
3. Nita and Alex [6:05]
4. On the Ice [8:27]
5. A Bloody Battlefield [2:05]
6. On the Bus [7:06]
7. Going Out [6:08]
8. Nobody Home [2:29]
9. Fire Down Below [4:41]
10. Taking a Fall [8:01]
11. What Frances Wants [7:22]
12. A Pair of Kittens [5:44]
13. Longing for a Touch [4:02]
14. Sharing a Fire [2:05]
15. Services [8:30]
16. A Rare Day [2:01]
17. Chloe's Spell [3:47]
18. Safe as Houses [4:04]
19. Toward the Future [3:32]
20. End Credits [2:09]

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