Anywhere but Here

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"A story of a mother who knows best... and a daughter who knows better."
  • PG-13
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • 6.2  (18,567)
  • 59

Anywhere but Here is a 1999 film directed by Wayne Wang and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner. It stars Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman in the leading roles. The film revolves around the complex relationship between a mother and her daughter. Adele August (Susan Sarandon) is a flighty and impulsive woman who is not content with her mundane life in a small town. She is a dreamer who longs for adventure and excitement but is too afraid to venture out on her own.

Her teenage daughter, Ann (Natalie Portman), is a studious and practical girl who desires stability and security in her life. She is frustrated with her mother's constant impulsive decisions and wishes to have a normal life like her peers.

Adele's restlessness and dissatisfaction with their mundane life prompts her to pack up their bags and move to Beverly Hills, hoping for a fresh start. Ann is initially hesitant but reluctantly follows her mother to their new home.

In Beverly Hills, Adele tries her best to give her daughter the life she never had but her impulsive decisions consistently derail Ann's attempts at stability. Adele constantly undermines her daughter's budding romantic relationships and insists on forcing her own dreams onto her.

The conflict between the two escalates when Adele falls in love with a wealthy businessman (Hart Bochner) and begins to plan a future with him. Ann is hesitant and uneager to accept their new life and the changes it brings.

As the story progresses, the mother-daughter duo navigate their way through love, loss, and self-discovery. They come to a realization that each other's desires and dreams are valid and that their relationship is important to both of them.

The film Anywhere but Here is a touching portrayal of the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship. The chemistry between Sarandon and Portman is palpable and the film does an excellent job of showing the struggles and joys of growing up and coming of age. The story is poignant and heartfelt, dealing with themes of family, love, identity, and the pursuit of the American dream.

Overall, the film is a must-watch for anyone who has ever had a complicated relationship with their parent or child. It is a story of unconditional love, sacrifice, and ultimately learning to appreciate the people in our lives who we take for granted.

Anywhere but Here is a 1999 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 49 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 59.

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