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Housekeeping


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  • Actors: Christine Lahti, Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill, Anne Pitoniak
  • Directors: Bill Forsyth
  • Producers: Robert F. Colesberry
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: SPE
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005IX3C72
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Utterly offbeat and quirky, Bill Forsyth's funny and often touching film stars Christine Lahti as an eccentric aunt who comes out to the Pacific Northwest to live with her orphaned nieces. They soon discover she's no ordinary mom with her rich fantasy life and cluttered house filled knee-keep with newspapers and tin cans.

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Really one of the better movies ever made.
Kindle Customer
This time I was really disappointed by what is going on with the slow streaming.
Nancy Lamers
The plot is terrific and the acting is great.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 12, 2011
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I rented this title because I was curious about how a filmmaker would adapt Marilynne Robinson's spare, lovely novel for the screen. And while the film does capture the essence of the novel, it succeeds as a work of art on its own. It's beautifully shot, and all of the actors--especially Christine Lahti--give very fine performances. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a blu-ray release!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By galleonsilver on May 23, 2012
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This would probably be considered a 'chick flick', but I'm a guy in my early sixties and I love it. For all of those out there that have never truly bought in to the consensual paradigm, this is a movie for you. I had just finished watching the Russian movie 'Heart of a Dog' and seen and felt the power that the majority often, almost always, has over the ponderers, the free-flyers. So I was again struck by the portrayal of Ruthie and her aunt being threatened by the upstanding citizens of the town, particularly the self-righteous church members and the local constabulary. It is a movie for our times, I believe, a depiction of an opting out that many in our culture could stand to to see and to think about.
Christine Lahti has never been better, almost as if the role was written for her. This is a very good, very quiet movie that I rate as 8 out of 10. Sit back, be quiet and watch and enjoy.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Hay on January 3, 2012
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Finally!!!!
I have been waiting sooooo long for this movie to be released on DVD! A very quirky but heartwarming movie about two orphans who are cared for by strange free-spirited aunt. Great movie! Recommended.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tom From NY on November 2, 2012
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I saw this when it first came out, and saw it no less than six times. I told everyone I knew to see it, and they all agreed that it was one of the best films of that year, and further wondered why they had not heard of it. I don't want to give a huge review, extolling the film's numerous virtues. Just know that this is a small, quiet, moving and faintly disturbing little movie, which in it's tiny way is far more revolutionary and profound than nine out of ten Oscar winners. For fine acting, direction, cinematography, and music, you need search no further. They don't come better than this. A small quiet film that gets by without shootings, impalings, or overt propaganda.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BitterFingers on March 14, 2013
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I just love the way this story is presented. It's a rather quiet film, and the humor is often very subtle. I think you have to be a little off-center to appreciate all of it.
The acting is superb - Christine Lahti was a perfect choice for this role, and the two nieces, well, under the tutelage of Lahti, created two of the most endearing movie characters I have ever seen.
I saw this movie when it was first released, and my friends and I discussed it for months after. I purchased it on VHS and DVD, and am so happy that the movie still has heart after all these years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Steffen on December 14, 2012
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Bill Forsythe really captures the tone and atmosphere of this haunting novel of the struggle to find ones true place in the world. While sometimes wry, this is not really a humorous story. It is not as light as Local Hero, but does evince Forsythes affection for quirky characters and stark locales that are themselves a character in the tale. Christine Lahti is terrific. Don't miss this gem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TLR on February 17, 2014
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A charming, funny and sometimes sad movie about an eccentric woman, wonderfully played by Christine Lahti, who lives life in her own way. Her unconventional lifestyle is disrupted when she becomes responsible for taking care of the teenage daughters of her sister, who has committed suicide. One daughter is determined to be popular and conventional, while the other is more like her aunt. Meanwhile, the townspeople are determined to pressure these women into conforming to 1950s-era standards of "normalcy."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on April 14, 2013
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I loved this movie from the first time I watched it as a pre-teen. It's something about the akwardness of the aunt and the eldest sister that I relate to, and endears this film to me. Hard to express, but this is one of my all-time favorites. One of those movies that I prefer to watch alone, or with someone very unique, too. Enjoy!
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