Movieline's Hollywood Life - 09/01/1999
"...Charming....Perfectly pitched performances..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/21/2000
"...Considerable charm..." -- Rating: B
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2000
"...Bernard Lutic's camerawork is outstanding..."
New York Times - 06/23/1999
"...The film is peppered with small, colorful incidents....What gives the film the flow of a good novel is its consistency of tone..."
Box Office - 10/01/1999
"...It succeeds admirably. The evocation of both period and perspective seems effortless, and there's a masterful balance throughout between real emotion and genuine humor..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/23/1999
"...[A] sumptuous film....Directed with verve and subtlety by Hudson....MY LIFE SO FAR recaptures a vanished way of life..."
Director Hugh Hudson's charming coming-of-age tale, set in the early 1900s, stars Robert Norman as Frasier Pettigrew, a young rebel growing up at his idyllic family estate in the countryside of Scotland, surrounded by his eccentric family. His father, Edward (Colin Firth) is a genius inventor, constantly concocting wild business schemes while running about the estate testing new gadgets. His sweet-natured mother, Moira (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), runs the household and looks after her large brood of children with the help of the family matriarch (Rosemary Harris). The family estate is a haven for the large Pettigrew family, where they live in relative seclusion from the outside world until one fateful summer. When Frasier's Uncle Morris (Malcolm McDowell) arrives with Heloise (Irene Jacob), his beautiful French fiancée, the Pettigrews experience a summer like no other. Heloise is a youthful charmer, brash and outspoken, with a passion for jazz and her French cello. She instantly charms the entire family, especially young Frasier, who has never met anyone like her. But when Edward begins to have feelings for his brother's fiancée the entire Pettigrew family and their idyllic Shangri-La is threatened. Based on the novel SON OF ADAM by Sir Denis Forman, MY LIFE SO FAR features Norman as a memorable and charming young narrator, full of whimsy and youthful curiosity.
A young boy experiences an idyllic summer on his family's house in the Scottsh countryside with his grandmother, mother, and inventor father. Things change for both the better and worse, however, when his Uncle Morris arrives with his beautiful French fiancée. MY LIFE SO FAR is charming coming-of-age tale set in a bygone era.
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MY LIFE SO FAR is based on the novel SON OF ADAM by Sir Denis Forman.
The film is dedicated "in loving memory to Ian Charleson." Charleson starred as Eric Liddell in director Hugh Hudson's CHARIOTS OF FIRE.