Susan Minot (Stealing Beauty) adapts her own novel with the help of Michael Cunningham (The Hours) about a dying woman (Vanessa Redgrave) coming to terms with her two daughters (Natasha Richardson and Toni Collette) and memories of her youth in the 1950s (where she's played by Claire Danes). Despite the show-offy cast, it took me a while to warm to these people and their self-consciously idyllic settings -- as well as to the slick direction of former cinematographer Lajos Koltai -- but I was eventually won over. With Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Patrick Wilson, and Hugh Dancy.
Director: Lajos Koltai
Writer: Michael Cunningham and Susan Minot
Producer: Jeff Sharp and John N. Hart
Cast: Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Wilson, Hugh Dancy, Natasha Richardson, Mamie Gummer, Eileen Atkins, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close