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The Winter Guest Details

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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, Rovi

Crew

Alan Rickman
Director
Ken Lipper
Producer
Edward R. Pressman
Producer
Alan Rickman
Screenwriter
Sharman MacDonald
Screenwriter
Sharman MacDonald
Play Author
Seamus Mcgarvey
Cinematographer
Michael Kamen
Composer (Music Score)
Scott Thomas
Editor
Steve Clark-Hall
Co-producer
Alan J. Wands
Associate Producer
Ruth Vitale
Executive Producer
Emmanuel Clarke
Executive Producer
Jonathan Weisgal
Executive Producer
Joan Bergin
Costume Designer
Colin Nicolson
Sound/Sound Designer
Joyce Nettles
Casting
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