An Unfinished Life

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"Every secret takes on a life of its own."
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 1 hr 48 min
  • 7.0  (33,771)
  • 49

An Unfinished Life is a 2005 American drama movie directed Lasse Hallström, which stars Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, and Josh Lucas. Set in rural Wyoming, the story centers on the complicated relationship between a mother, Jean Gilkyson (Jennifer Lopez), and her estranged father-in-law, Einar Gilkyson (Robert Redford), after she flees to his farm to escape her abusive boyfriend.

Jean and her daughter Griffith (Becca Gardner) arrive unannounced at Einar's farm, seeking refuge from their chaotic life in Iowa. Einar is reluctant to take them in because of his troubled past with Jean's late husband, who died in a car accident with his son (Griffith's twin brother) while driving drunk with Einar. Jean wants to make amends, while Einar is still haunted by his son's death and indulges in alcoholism to ease his pain.

As Jean settles into her new life on the farm, she starts to reconnect with Einar and the surrounding community. She resumes her role as a caregiver for Einar after he injures himself while reluctantly taking in a grizzly bear that attacks his friend Mitch (Morgan Freeman), who helps him with his farm activities. Einar is initially furious with Jean for "betraying" his son and for bringing a bear onto his property, but he eventually softens towards her and Griffith.

Meanwhile, Mitch, who is paralyzed in the bear attack, teaches Griffith how to care for the animals on the farm and how to read. He also becomes a mentor to Einar, who sees in Mitch a reflection of his own son. Einar begins to confront his demons and heal from the scars of his past, thanks to the support of Jean and Mitch.

However, when Jean's ex-boyfriend (Damian Lewis) tracks her down and arrives at the farm, her newfound happiness is threatened. The ex-boyfriend, Gary, is violent and dangerous, and Einar must confront him to protect Jean and Griffith. In the process, Einar finally sheds the guilt he has been carrying for years about his son's death and accepts Jean and Griffith as his family.

An Unfinished Life is a poignant story of redemption, forgiveness, and healing. The acting performances of the main cast are strong, particularly Robert Redford's portrayal of a gruff and emotionally wounded farmer who learns to love again. The breathtaking Wyoming landscape adds to the movie's appeal, providing a stunning backdrop for the characters' journeys.

Though it may be slow-moving for those accustomed to action-packed Hollywood movies, An Unfinished Life is a powerful movie that will resonate with anyone who has suffered from loss, betrayal, or addiction. It delivers a timeless message about the importance of accepting and supporting family, no matter how difficult the past may be.

An Unfinished Life is a 2005 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 48 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.0 and a MetaScore of 49.

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