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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee a.k.a. “Les vies privées de Pippa Lee,” “Oi kryfes zoes tis kyrias Lee,” “Pippa Lee négy élete”

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, brief nudity, some drug material and language.
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Romance Comedy Drama Adaptation
1 hr. 38 min.
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USA Release:
November 27, 2009 (limited—10 theaters)
DVD: March 2, 2010
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Featuring: Robin Wright Penn (Pippa Lee), Keanu Reeves (Chris Nadeau), Winona Ryder (Sandra Dulles), Julianne Moore (Kat), Mike Binder, Alan Arkin, Ryan McDonald, Cornelius West, Maria Bello, Arnie Burton, Tim Guinee, Drew Beasley, Madeline McNulty, Beckett Melville, Zoe Kazan, Billy Wheelan, Shirley Knight, Joan Copeland, J.R. Horne, Blake Lively, Adam Shonkwiler, Richard DeDomenico, Robin Weigert, Christin Sawyer Davis, Zero, Adam Grupper, Sean-Michael Bowles, Audrey Lynn Weston, Monica Bellucci, Angela Trento, Teresa Yenque, Lola Pashalinski, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Annie Purcell, Marc Alan Austen, Andrew Stephen Bradley, Edie Hofstatter, Marca Leigh, Harry L. Seddon
Director: Rebecca Miller
Producer: Elevation Filmworks, Grand Army Entertainment, IM Global, Lumina Films, Plan B Entertainment, Jill Footlick, Warren T. Goz, Stewart McMichael, Brad Pitt, Lemore Syvan
Distributor: Screen Media Films

“She lived many lives—except her own.”

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Adapted from Rebecca Miller’s novel. From all outward appearances, Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn) leads a charmed existence. She is the devoted wife of an accomplished publisher (Alan Arkin) thirty years her senior, the proud mother of two grown children, and a trusted friend and confidant to all who cross her path. But as Pippa dutifully follows her husband to a new life in a staid Connecticut retirement community, her idyllic world and the persona she has built over the course of her marriage will be put to the ultimate test.

In truth, looks are deceiving, and this picture-perfect woman has seen more than her fair share of turmoil in her youth. Embarking on a bittersweet journey of self-discovery, accompanied by a new, strange and soulful acquaintance (Keanu Reeves), Pippa must now confront both her volatile past and the hidden resentment of her seemingly perfect life in order to find her true sense of self. By turns wry, humorous, and moving, ‘The Private Lives of Pippa Lee’ presents the complex portrait of the many lives behind a single name.

Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright Penn and Academy Award winner, Alan Arkin head an all-star cast that includes Blake Lively as the young Pippa Lee, Maria Bello as her mother, Suky Sarkissian, Keanu Reeves as Pippa’s inscrutable neighbor, Chris Nadeau, Monica Bellucci as the socialite Gigi Lee, triple Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore as the freewheeling Kat, Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Winona Ryder as Pippa’s trusted friend, Sandra Dulles, Mike Binder as novelist Sam Shapiro and rising stars Zoe Kazan and Ryan as Grace and Ben Lee, Pippa’s young adult children.”

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Movie Critics
…This is way more than it seems and manages to surprise and enchant throughout. … takes a familiar premise but gives it life and originality, repeatedly thwarting expectations with quirky diversions and smart twists. … [4/5]
—Liz Beardsworth, Empire Magazine
…the psychological study of a mixed-up woman who’s having a “midlife crisis”… Though very coy about the specifics of its Romantic worldview, the movie is not something that discerning, media-wise viewers will want to take the time to see. … Language/Sex/Nudity: Moderate…
…Wright turns in a rueful performance that’s lined with anguish but shines with levity. She takes what could have been a huge downer of a character and manages to channel something strangely light, optimistic, even funny. … [3.5/5]
—Alexis L. Loinaz, Chicago Tribune
…Cardboard characters and severe problems of tone fatally flaw the awkward satirical relationship drama “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.”…
—Alissa Simon, Variety
…even the brightest star can’t save the dim script…
—Barry Hertz, National Post
…Miller’s film is a triumph… impeccably acted and manages to be sharp satire, dark-comedy and wrenching drama. …
—David Gritten, The Daily Telegraph

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