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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
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Un amor, dos destinos See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The 1966 Mercury truck used in film was only sold in Canada, the actual shooting location. See more »

Goofs

The farm truck used in the movie is a 1966 Mercury Custom Cab. Mercury trucks were only produced in Canada, although the film takes place in the United States. 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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Connections

Features Below (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Getting to Me
(2002)
Written by Kelly Willis and Gary Louris
Performed by Kelly Willis
Courtesy of Rykodisc
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Brilliant cast
10 March 2006 | by csabarishSee all my reviews

This is the third film from the director that I saw after Chocolat n Cider Ho...I would not call this one a great piece of storytelling but I speak entirely for myself when I say, the characters do not let you go, while you watch this movie. And that is something. Each character and player when he/she is on screen is telling you so many things at a time that you get completely engrossed in their story.

Jennifer Lopez plays a single mother running away from her abusive(typical) boy friend Damian Lewis and has no where to go but to her Father-in-law who hates her. Father-in-law is of course Robert Redford who is not looking forward to anything in life, and his only real purpose in living seems to be to take care of his wounded friend Morgan Freeman. There is Bear which wounded Freeman and is the terror element in the otherwise peaceful Wyoming (smashing locales) town and there is Josh Lucas the love interest/sheriff for Jenny's Cinderella. There is débutant Becca Gardner the even-tempered daughter of Jenny's. Camrein Maynheim (The Practice) has a supporting role. And there I finish the list of principal characters in the movie.

Now why I am taking pains to mention each one of them is because they are who make this movie watchable. Especially Freeman,Gardner and Redford (in that order). Not that others do a bad job. But these three provide all the entertainment. None of the characters are living in what we would call normal circumstances in any way. At the same time there is nothing new about the story they are telling. It is just the way they go about telling it. Unhurriedly, through gestures and expressions, breathing life into these stereotypes. There is redemption for everyone involved and that is expected. But the story manages to teach you something, and not in a very persuasive manner. That is the redeeming feature of the movie and may be that is the flaw. It will fail to influence too many, some might even find it boring. But I guess that is Okay because for the few viewers who like an optimistic story told with compassionate characters played by expert actors, this one is worth watching.


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