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The Shell Seekers [DVD][2006]

Vanessa Redgrave , Prunella Scales , Piers Haggard    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Vanessa Redgrave, Prunella Scales, Alastair Mackenzie, Victoria Hamilton, Victoria Smurfit
  • Directors: Piers Haggard
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,599 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


TV adaptation of Rosamunde Pilcher's bestselling novel. After suffering a minor heart attack, Penelope Keeling (Vanessa Redgrave) takes time to reflect on her life so far; heartbreak, three estranged children, and an unhappy marriage have all taken their toll. When her daughter's lover, Cosmo (Sebastian Koch) brings his daughter Antonia (Stephanie Stumph) to stay, Penelope learns that she has fallen for the mysterious Danus (Lucas Gregorawicz). Seeing the relationship as doomed, Penelope believes they must learn from her mistakes if the heartbreak and loss she suffered with her wartime lover are not to be repeated. The discovery that a painting by her artist father is worth a small fortune leads to a gathering of the family, where Penelope discovers their true characters.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Having watched the dire adaptations of the Winter Solstice novel by the same producers, I began this DVD with a heavy heart, and quickly found that, despite a few creaky moments, it really works well. I think the main reason for this is Vanessa Redgrave, an actress of such immense presence that she can carry almost anything. Here she has a decent script, excellent performances from Maximilian Schell and Prunella Scales amongst others, and pretty decent production values. A surprisingly good watch, really.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase 2 Mar 2010
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Excellent dvd as so true to the book. A lot of films and dvd's do not match the story, but this one does. Ofcourse, the wonderful acting of Vanessa Redgrave never fails anyone.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahell Seekers 14 July 2010
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I thoroughly wenjoyed this version of the Shell Seekers, Vanessa Redgrave was excellent as Penolope Keeling, and the other members of the cast worked well. Also the best thing was that the film followed the story closely.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shell Seekers 15 Sep 2007
By Angel
great chick flick hits all the buttons and reminds you of how different life was during and after the war and how relationships at that time tended to differ massively to today. Also great insight into family dynamics. Has its happy, sad, deep, emotional moments really really enjoyed it
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5.0 out of 5 stars The DVD was a delight, filming was excellent 7 July 2014
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A long time since any of my friends have read the book, so,there was no need to compare..often to the detriment of one or the other.
The DVD was a delight, filming was excellent, and very evocative...even husband enjoyed it, which was a surprise.
Recommend not only for a girly night in with a bottle of fizz, but couples too.
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Lovely, lovely DVD - really did the book justice. Vanessa Redgrave as the main character was excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely drama 26 May 2014
The drama spans five decades starring Penelope as an elderly lady who has inherited valuable paintings from her artist father. In her mature years, her grown-up children become acutely aware of the paintings' value and two of them (Noel and Nancy) seek to persuade her to part with them. But Penelope's emotional ties to the paintings and her Cornish childhood home would make such parting an immensely difficult task. There is an uglier side to the drama, as Noel and Nancy display unmitigated greed.

Vanessa Redgrave delivers a convincing performance as the elderly Penelope, and there is good casting and acting from most of the supporting cast. Noel and Nancy on the other hand are portrayed as one-dimensional characters; their dialogue and performance are wooden. Altogether, this is a lovely drama, which well deserves another viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shell Seekers DVD 22 April 2014
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Read the book of this film a long time ago, so bought the film which was excellent, hence the rating.
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