in about 100 words or less
US 117m, Colour
Director: Bill Forsyth; Cast: Christine Lahti, Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill
A dark family drama based on Marilynne Robinson’s 1980 novel of the same name, Housekeeping is the story of two orphaned girls who drift apart while under the care of their aunt who suffers from an apparent mental disorder. Quite inappropriately, this unlikable film relies on the aunt’s “eccentric” behavior as comic relief in what is otherwise a frightening story filled with sad and lonely characters (Klaus Ming September 2016).