Winter Passing

Rated R 98 minutes 2006

From the stars of Elf, here's a new drama about depression and family baggage! Zooey Deschanel plays Reese, a New York stage actress/bartender who numbs herself to the world with cocaine and booze, then desperately tries to make herself feel something via instant-gratification sex. To make matters more complicated, she's the daughter of reclusive author Don Holden (Ed Harris), whose last name is a none-too-subtle J.D. Salinger reference and who is similarly sought out by those who hope against hope that he'll crank out a new masterpiece someday. Adding to the gloom surrounding Reese is the death of her mother, which comes with an inheritance -- a box of her father's letters. She returns to Michigan to claim it and must deal with long-suppressed conflicts there. The heart of the movie is the relationship between Reese and her dad, and it's strong and believable. Unfortunately, there are some less interesting distractions -- namely Amelia Warner as an English grad student and Will Ferrell as a Napoleon Dynamite-like musician.

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Director: Adam Rapp

Writer: Adam Rapp

Producer: Jennifer Dana and David Koplan

Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Ed Harris, Will Ferrell, Amelia Warner, Amy Madigan, Dallas Roberts, Sam Bottoms, Rachel Dratch and Michael Chernus

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