Rolling Stone - 10/14/1999
"GUINEVERE offers something magical in the haunting and hypnotic performance of Sarah Polley..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 10/01/1999
"...Polley is luminous..."
New York Times - 09/24/1999
"...Affectionately told....[The] beguiling film has a persuasive been-there, done-that knowingness..."
Box Office - 09/01/1999
"...Polley and Rea give emotionally raw performances....Engaging..."
USA Today - 09/24/1999
"...Polley conveys natural intelligence....The character dynamics are kinetic..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/24/1999
"...Polley has made a strong impression in other films....GUINEVERE will be the one that makes her a full-blown star..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/01/1999
"...[Polley] contains depths of feeling....The movie's heart is in the right place..."'
Harper Sloane (Sarah Polley), a 20-year-old woman preparing to go to Harvard, meets photographer Connie Fitzpatrick at her sister's wedding. Harper's soulless family is obsessed with money and society. Fed up with that plastic life, she leaves home to live and work with the much older Connie. He wants her to make a five-year commitment during which he'll school her in the ways of life, love, and lenses, teaching her to find the art within her and to create. But Harper soon finds out that behind the facade of an exciting artist lies a lonely, stuggling man.
Audrey Wells's debut feature film, GUINEVERE is a moving portrait of a young woman's coming of age. Sarah Polley and Stephen Rea strike all the right chords as their May-December romance blossoms. The supporting cast, including Jean Smart, Gina Gershon, and Carrie Preston (with cameos by Paul Dooley, Sandra Oh, Jasmine Guy, and Grace Una) helps bring the charming story to life, resulting in a bitterweet tale of young love and burgeoning creativity.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
Screen favorite Stephen Rea (MICHAEL COLLINS, THE CRYING GAME) stars in this sexy, humorous story about a young woman's discovery of life and love in the arms of an older man! Born into an affluent family of overachievers, awkward young Harper Sloane (Sarah Polley -- eXistenZ, Go!) was always the odd one out ... until a brilliant photographer, Connie Fitzpatrick (Rea), focuses his attention on her! Now he's about to show her a world of possibilities she'd never imagined! But even as Connie begins to guide Harper out of her shell, it's ultimately up to Harper alone to show her disapproving mother ... and the whole world ... her true potential! Also featuring Gina Gershon (THE INSIDER, FACE/OFF) -- you'll be charmed by the acclaimed performances in this warm, award-winning motion picture!
Harper Sloane is an affluent college graduate unsure of her future, and Connie is the Irish photographer she meets at her sister's wedding. Harper comes to Connie to learn more about photography, and their relationship deepens into romance even though he is old enough to be her father. GUINEVERE is a compelling look at falling in love and growing up, with a strong performance by Sarah Polley.
Coming Of Age |
Romantic Comedy |
Theatrical Release |
Theatrical release: September 24, 1999.
Filmed in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Director Audrey Wells wrote THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS.
The soundtrack features songs by Thelonious Monk, Marcus Roberts, the Gary Burton Trio, John Pizzarelli, and Django Reinhardt.
GUINEVERE screened at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival, and the 1999 Montreal Film Festival.
GUINEVERE was the first Miramax film to be available as a pay-per-view download on the Internet, starting on January 22, 2001.
Sarah Polley was the first and only choice to play Harper.
The female voice heard on the film's score was supplied by Sarah Polley.