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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

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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.

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Pippa Lee (as Robin Wright Penn)
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Ben Lee
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Don Sexton
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Suky Sarkissian
Arnie Burton ...
Doctor
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Des Sarkissian
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Chester Sarkissian, 6
Madeline McNulty ...
Young Pippa, 7
Beckett Melville ...
Chester Sarkissian, 13
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Grace Lee
Billy Wheelan ...
Waiter
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Dot Nadeau
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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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Fall in Love With Pippa Lee See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, brief nudity, some drug material and language | See all certifications »

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10 July 2009 (UK)  »

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A Vida Íntima de Pippa Lee  »

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£44,511 (UK) (12 July 2009)
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Julianne Moore only spent two days filming her role. See more »

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Sam Shapiro: [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.
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Written and Performed by Lucinda Williams
Courtesy of Lost Highway Records
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Totally worthwhile to watch - thank you!
9 August 2010 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

I'm one of the millions who fell in love with these actors years ago, and it was especially wonderful to see Robin Wright and Winona Ryder. LOVE the climactic scene between those two - when Pippa is speaking with her son and Sandra is there and - well, I won't spoil it! Very funny. Great to see Keanu again in an ordinary role, I got so used to Neo/Matrix Keanu, this was a treat for him to play just an average messed up person. I've loved Alan Arkin since WAIT UNTIL DARK - you scared the crap outta me as a child!! Funny thing was, I thought you were Jerry Lewis back then, I was so young, and you looked similar, and it creeped me out, and for a long long time, I couldn't like Jerry Lewis because he was such a bad guy in my mind...grew up and found out it was YOU!! By then, I was mature enough to understand acting. I'll have you know that WAIT UNTIL DARK is in my Top 5 movies of all time, probably #2, and also in my Top 5 is THE PRINCESS BRIDE.

THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE has some memorable lines of dialogue! I won't spoil that experience either - it's a treat to hear them in context for the first time. Great work, Rebecca Miller! The mother of Pippa and how she affected her daughter makes Pippa a fascinating protagonist. I love her struggle, it's such a non-struggle and yet so real and painful a conflict.

Great work, all of you! APPLAUSE!!


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