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Winter Solstice (2003)

Elfrida Phibbs (Sinéad Cusack) thought she was retiring from her London life to a "geriatric bolthole" in the country. She soon finds herself compassionately tending to her neighbor, Oscar ... See full summary »

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Martyn Friend

Writers:

Rosamunde Pilcher (novel), William Corlett (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Niklas ... Oscar Blundell
Geraldine Chaplin ... Gloria Blundell
Sinéad Cusack ... Elfrida Phibbs
Emilia Streets Emilia Streets ... Francesca 'Fran' Blundell (as Emma Streets)
Sophie Schütt Sophie Schütt ... Carrie Marchmont
Ralf Bauer ... Andreas Mendel
Peter Ustinov ... Hughie McLellan (as Sir Peter Ustinov)
Jason Durr ... Sam Howard
Jean Simmons ... Countess Lucinda Rhives
Anna Maguire ... Lucy Marchmont
Marsha Fitzalan ... Didi Marchmont
John Bird John Bird ... Barry
Maureen Lipman ... Marcia
Gregory Finnegan ... Giles
Alastair Bruce Alastair Bruce ... Rory Kennedy
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Storyline

Elfrida Phibbs (Sinéad Cusack) thought she was retiring from her London life to a "geriatric bolthole" in the country. She soon finds herself compassionately tending to her neighbor, Oscar (Jan Niklas), who has suffered a tragic loss. Together, they agree to depart to Scotland for the holidays, in order to avoid Christmas and the painful memories of what has been lost. They will simply skip Christmas. But Elfrida has a young relative desperate to get her own teenage niece, Lucy Marchmont (Anna Maguire), away from ugly family drama in London, and asks to join Elfrida in Scotland. Soon, Christmas of the heart creeps in, and this group of random people find a different kind of Christmas might be the best kind.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Rosamunde Pilcher - Wintersonne See more »

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Trivia

This was Sir Peter Ustinov's final acting role before his death on March 28, 2004, at the age of eighty-two. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Marchmont: Why do they always treat me like a kid?
Rory Kennedy: Because you are one.
Lucy Marchmont: Oh, c'mon Rory.
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I found this to be a wonderful movie
26 June 2005 | by mayina_51See all my reviews

Without having read the book, I just watched Winter Solstice, the movie. I can't help but saying that I found it to be a wonderful, touching and heartwarming movie, with a number of excellent actors and actresses of whom I had never heard before.

The character of Lucy Marchmont, played extraordinarily by young actress Anna Maguire, got to the bottom of my heart. She draws the character of a young teenager troubled by the fact that she does not have an apparent place in life and that she is constantly dumped one way or another by the people she loves, until the moment when only through the innocence of her young age, she manages to get straight to the heart of a mature Oscar Blundell, suffering for the loss of his own young daughter Francesca.

A great movie. Glad I watched it.


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