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An Unfinished Life (2005)

An Unfinished Life

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

September 09, 2005 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

107 min.

Production Budget

$30 millions

Studio

Miramax Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Lasse Hallstrom

Producer

Leslie Holleran, Alan Ladd Jr, Kelliann Ladd

Screenwriter

Mark Spragg, Virginia Korus Spragg

Starring

Story


Set against the rugged ranchlands of Wyoming, "An Unfinished Life" is the story of a modern-day Western family, as stoic as they are divided, learning the true meaning of forgiveness. Robert Redford stars as Einar Gilkyson, a tough-skinned, retired rancher who long ago turned his back on memories. Still in shock from his only son's death a decade ago, Einar has let his ranch fall into ruin along with his marriage.

Now, Einar spends his days caring only for his hired hand, and last trusted friend, Mitch (Morgan Freeman), who was gravely injured in an encounter with a grizzly bear. Einar intends to live out his days in this heartbroken solitude... until the very person he blames for his son's accident comes to town: his daughter-in-law Jean (Jennifer Lopez). Jean shows up broke, on the run and with a girl name Griff (Becca Gardner), who she swears is the granddaughter Einar never knew he had. Suddenly, Einar's quiet life is turned upside down as anger and accusations resurface. But slowly, miraculously, 11 year-old Griff's curiosity about Western life, and her longing for family and a father figure, begin to chip away at the stone that has become Einar's heart - opening up the way for unexpected connection, adventure, mercy and true reunion.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..is unable to bring anything new..”
by Mark Plante [The Cinema Source]
“..never realizes its dramatic potential..”
by Kirk Honeycutt [The Hollywood Reporter]
“..Another sleepy, sweeping soft-serve melodrama from director Lasse Hallstrom..”
by Rob Blackwelder [SPLICEDwire]