The Stone Angel

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Released 2007

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The Stone Angel

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Director:
Kari Skogland
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
The Stone Angel is a 2007 Canadian drama based on Margaret Laurence’s 1964 novel of the same name. Ellen Burstyn stars as Hagar Shipley, a spirited elderly woman who has carried every day of her troubled past into her old age. Now, as her children attempt to admit her into a nursing home, she ventures on a tour of her own past in an attempt to find some closure with the problems of her past. The feisty old woman begins at the beginning, looking back on her strict father who so readily disowned her when she married her husband. As she navigates the pain of that rejection, she realizes she’s done the same thing to her own son. She confronts her superiority complex with her alcoholic husband, who drank their marriage into the ground. Ellen Burstyn gives a superb performance alongside a large cast of talented actors, including Dylan Baker and Ellen Page. The Stone Angel is a touching story about an old woman during a last-ditch effort to finally put the pieces of her life in order.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety Eddie Cockrell

    Prolific helmer Kari Skogland draws a fiery performance from vet Burstyn and a beguiling one from Christine Horne as the young Hagar. Yet the book's sheer "Giant"-like scope necess...

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    This multigenerational family history has enough gripping moments to hold your attention, but ultimately it leaves you frustrated by its failure to braid subplots and characters in...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    Burstyn gets to use her full bag of tricks to bring this crabby, hard-knocks survivor to life. Though she's aged 15 unflattering years, forced into awful old lady clothes and her ...

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Drama

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