The Private Lives of Pippa LeeJuly 10, 2009
After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 6.4/10 (6,092 voted)
Critic's Score: 49/100
Stars: Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Mike Binder
Pippa Lee feels dislocated when she and her husband Herb move from Manhattan to a retirement community. He's older than she, they have two children who are young adults, and the daughter hardly speaks to Pippa. Pippa tells us about her life, in long flashbacks, starting with her birth to a mom who was a social dynamo and addicted to pills. As a teen, Pippa moves out and lives a hippie life until meeting Herb, who was then married to a young siren. Pippa discloses tragedies and discoveries. In the present, she's sleepwalking at night and talking from time to time with a burned-out case, the 35-year-old son of a neighbor. Can Pippa connect?
Writers: Rebecca Miller, Rebecca Miller
(as Robin Wright Penn)
Chester Sarkissian – Age 6
Young Pippa – Age 7
Chester Sarkissian – Age 13
The life you love may be your own.
Release Date: 10 July 2009
Filming Locations: Connecticut, USA
Opening Weekend: £44,511
(12 July 2009)
(19 July 2009)
(Berlin International Film Festival)
Did You Know?
Julianne Moore only spent 2 days filming her role.
[beginning of film: toasting Herb at dinner party]
I have known Pippa Lee for 25 years and I think that I will really ever know her. She is a mystery… an enigma… giving, caring, beautiful, intelligent… the very icon of an artist's wife.
The best type of adult film
This will be regarded as 'a woman's movie' since it is written and
directed by a woman (Rebecca Miller) and its central character (Robin
Wright Penn) and most of the support roles (Julianne Moore, Winona
Ryder, Blake Lively, Mario Bello, Monica Bellucci) are women too. But
the male roles (Alan Arkin and Keanu Reeves) contribute to a stellar
cast and the themes of self-discovery and self-expression are
universal. If Pippa is angst-ridden, it's because she's had a traumatic
life and the movie reveals a series of dramatic incidents, while
concluding on a hopeful note. With not a car chase or a special effect
in sight, this is an adult film in the proper sense of the word and as
such well-worth viewing.