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A Map Of The World [DVD]

Sigourney Weaver , Julianne Moore , Marc Donato    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Julianne Moore, David Strathairn, Arliss Howard, ChloŽ Sevigny
  • Directors: Marc Donato
  • Producers: Pat Metheny, Kathleen Kennedy
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Boulevard Entertainment Ltd
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,748 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Alice Goodwin (Sigourney Weaver) lives with her husband (David Strathairn) and children on a Wisconsin farm, where her outspoken ways have caused her to become isolated from much of the local community. Her only real friend is Theresa (Julianne Moore), and the two women regularly babysit each other's kids; but when Theresa's daughter accidentally drowns one day while in Alice's care, even that friendship reaches an end. When a local boy then falsely accuses Alice of molesting him, she is arrested and sent to jail, and her family begins to fall apart under the pressure.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In this contemporary drama, Sigourney Weaver plays a woman out of her element and at the end of her rope. Alice Goodwin is a wife and mother who finds that the pressures of her life are starting to become more than she can bear. Alice works part-time as a school nurse while her husband Howard (David Strathairn) runs the family farm; they both look after their two daughters. Alice, who wasn't raised in farm country, still feels like an outsider, and she embraces a cynical, sarcastic humor as a defense mechanism. Alice's only real friends in town are Dan and Theresa Collins (Ron Lea and Julianne Moore), who live nearby and often babysit Alice's kids; Alice does the same for the Collins children as well. One day, while watching Theresa's two-year-old daughter Lizzie, Alice has to step away for a few minutes, and she returns to discover Lizzie has fallen into a pond near the house; the child falls into a coma and dies several days later. Lizzie's death puts a permanent wedge between Alice and Theresa, and most people in the community believe Alice is to blame for the girl's death. Any support she might have had is driven away when Robbie (Marc Donato), a boy who lives nearby, claims Alice molested him. Alice is sent to jail while awaiting trial, and Howard (who can't afford her $100,000 bail) must watch over their daughters and keep house by himself as he tries to keep the farm afloat. As Alice falls into a deep depression behind bars, Howard and Theresa begin edging into a romance. Based on the best-selling novel by Jane Hamilton, A Map of the World was adapted for the screen by Peter Hedges and Polly Platt and director Scott Elliott. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, San Sebastian International Fil...A Map of the World ( Unschuldig verfolgt )

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars film of the week writ HUGE 27 Aug 2008
By David Spanswick VINE VOICE
I so wanted to love this film as it starred the immaculate Julianne Moore and the wonderful Sigourney Weaver and the totally underrated David Strathairn. The story was strong, the argument never less than interesting but at the end of the film I felt cheated somehow. I have not, like another reviewer here, attempted to watch it again as it is too long and that is its main fault. In the hands of a more experienced director he would have brought it in within the statutory 90 minutes for a film of this kind, he would have reined in Sigourney's "saint-like" performance maybe he would have found time to work more with the kids involved as they are kind of essential and he would have cut the prison scenes a bit ~ we know she has to suffer and find inspiration there but they do go on a bit ~ and made more of the after trial scenes and the final dialogue with Alice and Theresa. But then I am not a director just somebody who has watched far too many films and feel that I can judge when a film has it and when it hasnt. There is an Oscar winning film here being strangled by a story that is to big somehow for its telling in this form. So Sorry, Sigourney, no trophy this time either...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sigourney Weaver stars as Alice Goodwin, a mother of two and part-time school nurse who has moved from the city to help her husband, Howard (David Strathairn), run a farm in rural Wisconsin. Single minded and outspoken, Alice has her own way of looking at life and not everyone in the community takes to her. Tragedy strikes when Alice is minding the children of her best friend and neighbour, Theresa Collins (Julianne Moore), and Theresa'a two year old daughter Lizzy, strays into a pond and drowns. Alice has barely begun to recover from the event, which has left her guilt stricken and filled with self hatred, when she is arrested and accused of abusing a young boy at her school. Already on the verge of a nervous breakdown, she is plunged into an even worse nightmare as she is shunned by the community, spat on by her neighbours and left languishing in prison after Howard fails to raise the money for her bail.Weaver gives an extraordinarily penetrating performance which captures every shade of self-hatred, defiance, guilt, exasperation and impatience that Alice experiences. While dealing with the sort of subject matter that could easily see it turn into a soppy sentimental soap opera 'A Map Of The World' is a true cut above. This is a truly surprising, gripping and incredibly moving film
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie 5 Jun 2008
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After watching the movie 3 times I have come to the conclusion that to me, it's not that great. Mostly because the ending is so anticlimatic.
All that fuss for 2 hours and that's how it ends, that's how they end up living?
I also found it completely pointless to have Sigourney Weaver show her full naked body, as beautiful it is and for her age, as it really could have been spared. I saw no reason to show nudity here.

As for the DVD itself, I had never heard of Boulevard Ent. but maybe they are the official source for the movie in the UK because I found the print to be pretty good, seeing no problem with it.
It is in full screen. I have no way of knowing it it was shot in widescreen, the US VHS tape is also full screen, and seeing as this movie is shot to look like a tv movie, maybe it was filmed in full screen.
For this price it's a bargain anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars this is a movie worth watching 18 Dec 2013
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this is a good movie with excellent performances from all concerned and particularly Sigourney weaver ,a story of a woman who is the target of a communities scapegoat campaign due to her outspokenness and refusal to blindly conform to a small town mentality with its petty jealousies and narrow mindedness ,something which is all too common in many societies of all kinds .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sigourney Weaver at her best 12 Oct 2013
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Very well written drama with a great lead performance by Sigourney Weaver in one of her best-ever roles. A++++ rating. Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit Dull 2 Oct 2013
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Two of my favourite acressess, what could go wrong. Rather dull writing, slow pace and unsatisfactory ending. I would give it a miss.
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