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Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: May 16th, 2006

R|1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary
Tired of struggling to be an actress, Reese Holden (Zooey Deschanel) leaves New York and returns to her Michigan home. She has a cash advance from a book editor who wants to publish the love letters of Reese's parents. Reese has a strained relationship with her dad, a washed-up novelist, but she enters the household he shares with an ex-student and a shy friend who takes care of domestic matters.

Cast: Ed Harris, Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Amelia Warner, Amy Madigan, Dallas Roberts, Sam Bottoms, Rachel Dratch

Director: Adam Rapp

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Mint Pictures, Stratus Film Co.

Keywords: Growing up, Father, New York City, Death, Relationships, 2000s, Transformation, Tense

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  • I found the film borderline bleak, and borderline predictable, at least in its resolution, yet admirable as well. Winter Passing almost always operates on the right side of the border, the full-of-life side where compelling characters live with urgency and intensity.

  • A mopey meditation on family and its dysfunctions, Winter Passing is in fact of more than passing interest. show more

  • With the exception of a few unpredictable moments from Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell, Winter Passing finds only cliche as it reaches for profundity. show more

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