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An Unfinished Life (2005)

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Desperate to provide care for her daughter, down-on-her-luck Jean moves in with her father in-law from whom she is estranged. Through time, they learn to forgive each other and heal old wounds.

Director:

Lasse Hallström
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... Einar Gilkyson
Jennifer Lopez ... Jean Gilkyson
Morgan Freeman ... Mitch Bradley
Josh Lucas ... Crane Curtis
Damian Lewis ... Gary Winston
Camryn Manheim ... Nina
Becca Gardner ... Griff Gilkyson
Lynda Boyd ... Kitty
Rob Hayter ... Deputy
P. Lynn Johnson ... Shelter Supervisor
Byron Lucas Byron Lucas ... Motorcycle Rider
Trevor Moss Trevor Moss ... Griffin Gilkyson
R. Nelson Brown ... Kent (as Rnelsonbrown)
Dillard Brinson Dillard Brinson ... Gnome Owner
Jason Diablo Jason Diablo ... Customer #1
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To escape an abusive boyfriend, without announcing her plans in advance, Jean Gilkyson takes her young daughter Griff to the Wyoming ranch of her father-in-law, Einar. Jean and Einar are disaffected, as he blames her for the death of his son in a car accident. Einar is taking care of his friend Mitch, who was attacked by a bear, and Einar does not know that he has a granddaughter. While Mitch heals and forgives the bear, Einar also changes his feelings regarding Jean, finally understanding that accidents happen and accepting her and loving Griff. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

every secret takes on a life of its own

Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence including domestic abuse, and language | See all certifications »

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Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un amor, dos destinos See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Early in development, Paul Newman was in consideration for the part later taken by his good friend, Robert Redford. Newman's ailing health ruled him out of consideration. See more »

Goofs

When Jean and Griff are first shown driving away, the car is shown going down a gravel road. Griff asks her mom about a couple of towns when the car breaks down. The next shot is Jean, standing outside on a nice paved two lane highway hoping to see another vehicle. The camera shot shows the highway far into the distance with no sign of a dirt road. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Einar Gilkyson: [talking to raccoon] I heard you interfering little bastards rummage around my yard. I'll thank you for keeping the owls off of my cats.
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Features Below (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Had Called Yesterday
(2004)
Written by Wendell Mobley, Cory Batten and Kent Blazy
Performed by Julie Roberts
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Healing Wounds – A Tale of Forgiveness
6 September 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In order to escape from the abusive boy-friend Gary Winston (Damian Lewis), Jean Gilkyson (Jennifer Lopez) moves with her young daughter Griff Gilkyson (Becca Gardner) without previous notice to the ranch of her father-in-law Einar Gilkyson (Robert Redford) in Wyoming. Jean and Einar are disaffected, since he blames her for the death of his beloved son in a car accident. Einar is taking care of his friend Mitch Bradley (Morgan Freeman), who was attacked and seriously wounded by a bear, and he does not know that he has a grand-daughter. While Mitch heals his wounds and forgives the bear, Einar also changes his feelings regarding Jean, finally understanding that accidents happen and accepting her and loving his grand-daughter.

"An Unfinished Life" is a beautiful tale of forgiveness, with the lead characters healing their wounds – Mitch, the ones provoked by a savage bear, and Einar his innermost feelings of loss. The cast has amazing performances, showing the importance of a director of the weight of Lasse Halltröm: Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman are unanimity, but I myself like a lot the versatile Jennifer Lopez and strongly believe that even the viewer that dislike her as actress must admit her excellent performance in this touching film. Josh Lucas is a great support actor and the favorable surprise is the performance of the young and unknown Becca Gardner. Although being a predictable story without any twist, this sensitive movie is highly recommended. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Um Lugar para Recomeçar" ("A Place to Restart")


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