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Directed by Bill Forsyth • 1987 • United States
Starring Christine Lahti, Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill
Director Bill Forsyth made his American debut with this bittersweet adaptation of a novel by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Marilynne Robinson that features a brilliant performance from Christine Lahti. In the Pacific Northwest in the 1950s, two young sisters, Ruth (Sara Walker) and Lucille (Andrea Burchill), are abandoned by their mother and raised by a succession of aged relatives until their aunt Sylvie (Lahti) arrives like a breath of fresh air. A restless free spirit who has lived for many years on the road, Sylvie does not conform to the social norms of the community and gradually the two girls develop vastly different ways of relating to this eccentric, original woman.