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Stone Angel [DVD] [2008]

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  • Actors: Ellen Burstyn, Dylan Baker, Ellen Page, Christine Horne, Cole Hauser
  • Directors: Kari Skogland
  • 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: In2film
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun. 2010
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003A8FEXM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,277 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Drama based on the bestselling novel by Margaret Laurence. Ellen Burstyn stars as Hagar Shipley, a feisty octogenarian with a turbulent, unconventional past and a fierce sense of pride who goes on the run when her son and daughter-in-law express their wish to find her a place in a nursing home. From here the film traces two parallel narratives: one following the elderly Hagar as she returns to the now-derelict house by the sea where she once lived with her husband and sons; the other depicting the passions and disappointments of her childhood, adolescence and married life. As she comes to terms with both her past and the present, Hagar is forced to confront her own flaws and face up to the damaging effects her pride has had on those around her.

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0 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. A. Wilson on 17 July 2010
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Burstyn leads the first ML book to film in 20 years 16 Oct. 2008
By Steve Kuehl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I have not read any of the CanLit that Margaret Laurence wrote - but after seeing this film it makes me want to make the time. I felt this was an impressive film that does not deserve the multitudes of slander and dislike for it that I read about so much.

Burstyn leads a great cast with the likes of Ellen Page, Cole Hauser, Kevin Zegers, Dylan Baker and out of nowhere - Christine Horne. The filming locations in Canada were beautiful, and the period recreations appeared very thorough (vehicles, homes, businesses, etc.).

The story of a woman's life from childhood to passing is flashed back and forth as we discover how the decisions in her life make her fate. You cannot help but think of Notebook in a variety of ways, but this story has so much more in realism and pessimism. The editing is done flawlessly to transport us between time periods, and the lady director (Skogland) helps add some nice feminine touches at the right moments.

Kari Skogland has another fan now after I watched the DVD docus and was VERY happy with how she had them made. The "behind the scenes" is not narrated and splices together random footage of actually making the film. The cast interviews were kept separate - something I wish more filmmakers would do.

I could not give it the higher rating because there was so much being left out or not elaborated on that I am sure had to be in the book. There were at least three story lines and two different sequences that begged for more but were cut short or not explained. I understand the gripes about the cover art, Ellen page has two pics (as she is very popular) front and back, but she is only in the film for a few minutes. The story was written before cell phones and other modernizations shown, but I think the purists need to take a rest on that one. Some nice surprises though; Wings Hauser plays his son's role as the old character, Dylan Baker's performance was very believable but will get overlooked, and the overall authentic/real feel to this (not everyone's love story from the old days ends up perfect in the end) gives this a nudge over Notebook.

Recommend as a buy or a rent.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Margaret Laurence Lives!! 22 Dec. 2008
By Lisa Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Though I'm a Californian, I've had a passion for Canadian writers for most of my life; especially Margaret Laurence and Alice Munro. I read The Stone Angel at least 30 years ago, and its disturbing themes stayed with me. I'm unsure how close the movie is to the book, but I wasn't disappointed. The cinematography was beautiful, the acting excellent, the disturbing themes were portrayed with a clear eye. Seeing any of the works of Laurence and Munro brought effectively to the screen is a joy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
High Hopes--Highly Disappointed 28 April 2010
By Jolynn E. Winland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I absolutely loved this book. It's one of 3 that I own that I can open to a random page and start reading. The story draws you in and you don't want it to end.
The movie--not so much. The characters on the screen were totally unrecognizable, both in description and personality. The time period was wrong. The storylines were incomplete, and if you hadn't read the book you wouldn't know why some of the things happened as they did. Important details were left out; things that didn't even happen in the book were put in.
The story is wonderful; I strongly suggest reading the book. I really wish that whoever made this into a movie would have left it alone and allowed someone who wanted to take the time to do the story justice to make it instead.
The acting, however, was very good. Ellen Burstyn never disappoints, and the appearance of Wings Hauser was a pleasant surprise. And yes, the scenery in the movie was beautiful.
I would love to have seen this cast in this movie with a better script.
Please-don't waste your money on the movie. The Movie Channel on cable runs it every now and then--wait and catch it on that. Better yet; buy the book.
The Stone Angel 3 Mar. 2012
By M. Reynard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This was an unusual movie. I admit, I haven't read the book, but I also don't feel compelled to read it after watching the movie either. I'm not saying the movie was bad, but rather that it seemed like a book involving it might be a bit slow, since the movie was too. But it told the story of a very realistic woman.

The Stone Angel follows the life of Hagar. We are introduced to her as an old woman, who's son wants to put her in the nursing home. As she travels back to where she grew up, she also travels back in her memories as well, remembering her life. Most especially she remembers meeting Bram, her husband, and the grief it caused her father as he disowned her for marrying Bram. She has two sons, and its obvious she dotes on the younger, but they don't grow to what she thinks they will. In between her memories, she shares some time with some unusual people and stays in an abandoned house, just trying to reconcile what's happening with her. In her life she's lost quite a bit, and it makes those memories that more poignant.

Characters:
Ellen Burstyn: Hagar Shipley
Christine Horne: Young Hagar
Dylan Baker: Marvin
Sheila McCarthy: Doris
Kevin Zegers: John
Ellen Page: Arlene
Cole Hauser: Young Bram
Wings Hauser: Older Bram
Aaron Ashmore: Matt
Luke Kirby: Leo
Josette Halpert: Young Arlene

I really liked both of the actors for Hagar. They each added their own style to the character and while they worked together, they were also incredibly different. The older Hagar is much freer than the younger, and Burstyn was very good at making herself seem like a strong old woman who is slowly losing herself. The younger Hagar, played by Horne was passionate, but stiff, and it was easy to see she was never content with her life. The other characters did a good job as well, but you didn't get the depth of feeling with them that you did with Hagar. Even her sons were kind of regulated to the background, especially Marvin, although I suppose that was actually his role. John was the favored and his actor was very good at making him seem like he had no direction in life.

I did like the story that the movie told. It was touching, although you can get irritated with the characters sometimes. Hagar seemed to have a lot of trouble in her life, and granted Bram wasn't always the best of husbands but he did seem to genuinely love her. She just wasn't content. And I'm sure its a story that could resonate with a lot of people. But it did move sort of slow. I realize it was a character building movie, but at times it drug and focused on things that just didn't seem that important in Hagar's life. There are some adult themes in the movie, nothing is shown overtly but there's some heavier romance scenes.

The music was nothing special. It fit with the times but really just provided more background than anything. It also was largely instrumental. The shooting of the movie was also standard. There weren't special effects, etc. It was just the telling of a story so the camera followed the characters around. But hey, it wasn't shaky so it was fine by me. They did a good job on the settings as well, everything seemed to stay in sync with the era it was supposedly in. I liked the touch the old cars in the movie made too.

An interesting movie. Not necessarily for those who would like some action or suspense though. It told a story.

Review by M. Reynard 2012
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A great storyline. Sad family lives but this movie makes ... 8 Feb. 2015
By patrice k. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A great storyline. Sad family lives but this movie makes you think about the choices a person makes and you cared about this people and how the story ends. The acting was superb! Very well written!!
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