Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

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Director: Josh Sternfeld, Anthony LaPaglia, Aaron Stanford, Mark Webber

Cast: Josh Sternfeld, Anthony LaPaglia, Aaron Stanford, Mark Webber

     
 
A family struggles to come to terms with changes after a death in the family in this independent drama. Jim Winters (Anthony LaPaglia) is a widower living in suburban New Jersey with his two teenage sons, Gabe (Aaron Stanford) and Pete (Mark Webber). Pete, the younger of the siblings, has a hearing problem that has made school difficult for him; consequently, he has

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A family struggles to come to terms with changes after a death in the family in this independent drama. Jim Winters (Anthony LaPaglia) is a widower living in suburban New Jersey with his two teenage sons, Gabe (Aaron Stanford) and Pete (Mark Webber). Pete, the younger of the siblings, has a hearing problem that has made school difficult for him; consequently, he has lost interest in his education and spends most of his time goofing off. Gabe is smarter and more ambitious, and has a stable relationship with his girlfriend, Stacey (Michelle Monaghan), but is beginning to chafe at the limitations of small-town life. And five years after his wife's death, Jim still hasn't been able to pick up and start his life over again. When Gabe announces he's decided to move to Florida, it has differing effects on those around him -- Stacey, hurt and confused, begins to withdraw; Pete strikes up a friendship with one of his teachers (Ron Livingston); and Jim struggles to work up the nerve to talk to his new neighbor, Molly Ripkin (Allison Janney. Winter Solstice was the first feature film from writer and director Josh Sternfeld; it won enthusiastic notices following its screenings at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
UPC:
0097363446644
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:30:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony LaPaglia Jim Winters
Aaron Stanford Gabe Winters
Mark Webber Pete Winters
Allison Janney Molly Ripkin
Michelle Monaghan Stacey
Brendan Sexton Robbie
Ron Livingston Mr. Bricker
Ebon Moss-Bachrach Steve

Technical Credits
Josh Sternfeld Director,Screenwriter
Jody Asnes Production Designer
Doug Bernheim Musical Direction/Supervision,Producer
Harlan Bosmajian Cinematographer
Amanda Harding Casting
Lisa Kent Set Decoration/Design
Amanda Koblin Casting
Anthony LaPaglia Executive Producer
John Leventhal Score Composer
John Limotte Producer
Brian Miksis Sound/Sound Designer
George Paaswell Co-producer
Jodi Peikoff Executive Producer
Amanda Slater Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Plummy Tucker Editor
Paola Weintraub Costumes/Costume Designer

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Winter Solstice 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Sternfeld has done the unthinkable. He has elected to tell a story merely by allowing the viewer to overhear the minimal dialogue of the characters without supplying a linear plot or explanation of how a little family fell apart. Landscaper Jim Winters (Anthony LaPaglia is a brilliant role) is the single father of two sons - Gabe (Aaron Stanford) who is the older and looking for ways to move away from his boring little small town home to find breathing space in Florida, and Pete (Mark Webber) a confused kid who wears a hearing aide and only sporadically seems to tune in to life and school. The three men live a fairly orderly life since the death 5 years ago of the wife/mother in a car accident which Pete survived. Jim tries to maintain some semblance of family but just cannot quite step out of his ill-defined grief to get a perspective on life. Obviously some forces of change are needed to heal this family of men. Into the neighborhood moves Molly Ripkin (Allison Janney) who is house sitting for friends while she breaks away from being a paralegal to try her hand at making unique jewelry. She connects with Jim, tries to connect with his sons, but at the least she introduces a figure of gentle concern and focused presence. Pete finds some understanding from a summer school teacher (Ron Livingston) and begins to see some concept of meaning to his life. Gabe's decision to leave for Florida's promise of better life means he also must say goodbye to his only rock of realism - his girlfriend Stacey (Michelle Monaghan). With all of these elements of change in the air the story just ends. What will happen now is left to us to decide. Yes, the film is slow moving, relying on minimal dialogue and more on silences and gazes. But Sternfeld opens this little family drama in such a tender way that we find ourselves wholly committed to the plight of each character. He makes us care. And that is the true beauty of minimalist art in filmmaking. The acting is first rate, with LaPaglia and Janney giving performances that deserve attention come awards time. Highly recommended for those who appreciate quiet sensitive films. Grady Harp