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Winter Solstice

6.11 h 29 min2004R
In this suburban drama, a widower confronts his older son's decision to leave home and his younger son's self-destructive behaviour.
Josh Sternfeld
Anthony LaPagliaAaron StanfordMark Webber
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Allison JanneyRon LivingstonMichelle MonaghanBrendan Sexton IIIEbon Moss-BachrachTim DowlinLars EngstromJason FuchsPaul IaconoMatt LongKel O'NeillRocco RosanioThomas SadoskiDana SegalLouis Centanni
Doug BernheimMarco HenryAnthony LaPagliaJohn LimotteGeorge PaaswellJodi PeikoffAmanda Slater
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3.3 out of 5 stars

45 global ratings

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BarbDReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2012
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not the Pilcher story!
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Like someone else here, I thought this was based on the R. Pilcher novel, set in the U.K.
I should have read the info on this product more carefully. It's a slow moving, quiet story with some decent acting but little character development and even less tension or plot. The basic premise is a somewhat vague conflict between the widower-father and his sons, mainly the older one. Anthony Paglia is fine but unimpressive and we get to know very little about him as the movie progresses, other than he has bursts of anger with his sons and that's he the grieving widower (but it takes a long while to even find that much out). The lady-neighbor is cheerfully played and also just okay; she's not given much of a change to develop as person, either.

But the movie wasn't a complete waste of my time (I used a credit to purchase it for cheap). As a parent, I totally connected with the father's frustration and the sense of loss when the older son wants to leave home, the changes that occur in a family and relationships, esp after a tragedy happens.

But much is left hanging and not well framed; the older son's issue with his loving longtime GF seems strange since we them spend time together, very chipper and intimate - yet he wants to leave her since she is the "problem" but we never find out what that means. Lady-neighbor mentions needing a "change of address" but we never find out why she does.

At least, in the end, there is a sense that things will - or may - work out for this family, and that the sadness that pervades this film will eventually lift as the family members heal and move on. Sort of.

My question is why does this bear the same title as another movie, one based on a famous book? Did the producers not research titles? Confusing!
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ZazuReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2015
1.0 out of 5 stars
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And this has absolutely nothing to do with the Winter Solstice because it is set in the springtime, so I guess I have to look at the deeper meaning of the title. I think Anthony LaPaglia is a fine actor, but this movie was lifeless.
No story other than a single dad with two young adult sons, and boring to boot. Ends abruptly and you are left wondering "what the . . .?"
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Amazon Customer Louise CReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is not the Rosamunde Pilcher novel in film!!
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I watched 15 minutes...honestly there was nothing to hook you into the story, it just seemed depressing and lacklustre. I skipped to the ending which made me really glad I didn't watch the whole thing. I knew it wasnt the Rosamunde Pilcher novel but was hoping it would have some redeeming qualities.....Sure wish it had been. How come noone thought to make that novel into this movie!!!
Nicos PoulantzasReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dismal Film
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Appalling film that no-one should spend ten minutes or $2.99 on.
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LynneReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2011
1.0 out of 5 stars
Winter Solstice
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VERY disappointing. When I searched for Rosmund Pilcher's Winter Solstice, this movie came up. I ordered it expecting it to be an adaptation of the book. It was a completely different story than the Rosmund Pilcher story. Amazon is being misleading by having this movie show up when asking for Rosmund Pilcher. I am sorry I purchased it.
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veronicaReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2008
1.0 out of 5 stars
boring and horrid boys
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i was waiting for this boring movie to start it was colorful set in nice place the boys unlikable weird ansty nothing happens should have read the comments first i thought this was a Pilcher novel sorry to waste my time
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Ciara BerryReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
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I got this in a good amount of time and the movie was good but much deeper than I anticipated. All the performances were fantastic in it.
Marilyn G. ViscontiReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
anthony lapaglia
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this man keeps my attention from start to finish..........he is a very talented young man...........i always want to see more of his work...............
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