Director: Bill Forsyth Cast: Christine Lahti, Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill


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Housekeeping is the film in which Christine Lahti invites a guest into a living room half-submerged in water. This is hardly the oddest moment in this offbeat Bill Forsyth film (his first American production). When their mother commits suicide by driving into a lake, Idaho pre-teens Ruth Sara Walker and Lucille (Andrea Burchill) fall into the custody of their Aunt Sylvie (Lahti). This strange young woman has throughout her life made unconventionality a life form. The girls initially aren't sure what to make of their loopy guardian, but in time begin to respond differently to her. When Lucille distances herself from Sylvie's eccentricities and then moves in with a local family, Walker draws closer to the older woman. The two head out on a series of picaresque adventures together, that include stealing a rowboat and riding in boxcars, but Lucille catches wind of this and informs the authorities - who promptly threaten to revoke Sylvie's custody of Ruth. By then, however, Ruth has already begun to closely identify with Sylvie. Director Forsyth adapted his script from a novel by Marilynne Robinson.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2011
UPC: 0043396387676
Original Release: 1987
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures Home

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christine Lahti Sylvie
Sara Walker Ruth
Andrea Burchill Lucille
Anne Pitoniak Aunt Lily
Barbara Reese Nona
Bill Smille Sheriff
Margot Pinvidic Helen
Wayne Robson Mr. French
Betty Phillips Mrs. Jardine
Karen Austin Mrs. Paterson
Dolores Drake Mrs. Walker
Georgie Collins Grandmother
Brian Linds Deputy Sheriff
Sheila Paterson Bernice
Enid Saunders Etta
Antony Holland Mr. Wallace
Betty Thomas Stunt Player

Technical Credits
Bill Forsyth Director,Screenwriter
Adrienne Atkinson Production Designer
Lynne Carrow Casting
Robert F. Colesberry Producer
Michael Coulter Cinematographer
Michael Ellis Editor
Jim Erickson Set Decoration/Design
Michael Gibbs Score Composer
Ralph Parker Sound/Sound Designer
Mary-Jane Reyner Costumes/Costume Designer
Margery Simkin Casting
John Willett Art Director

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