The Winter Guest
First screened in January 1998
Director: Alan Rickman. With Phyllida Law, Emma Thompson, Gary Hollwyood, Arlene Cockburn, Sean Biggerstaff, Douglas Murphy, Sandra Voe, Sheila Reid. Screenplay: Sharman MacDonald and Alan Rickman (from the play by Sharman MacDonald). Twitter Capsule:
Each of four strands pays rich emotional dividends. Evades pressure to warm itself up or tie everything together.
Impressively limns unrest around mortality among everyone, young and old, without feeling heavy. Easy to track back to stage, but cinematic enough. Both minor and undervalued.