Winter Passing (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 June 2006 (Portugal)
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Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has... See full summary »



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Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that an ex-grad student and a would-be musician have moved in with her father, who cares more about his new friends than he does about his own health and well-being. Written by IMDb Editors

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Sometimes you go looking for something you want. . . and find what you need.


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, some drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 June 2006 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Au fil de l'hiver  »

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,813 (USA) (17 February 2006)


$101,228 (USA) (7 April 2006)

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This is the second time Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell have starred beside each other. They also star together in Elf (2003). See more »


When Reese first slams her hand in the drawer she clearly hits her fingers at their base. When she has lunch with Deirdre and her bruise is revealed, it's on the top of her hand. See more »


Corbit: Well, I gotta go rock. And if you see Holdin, tell him his balls are clean.
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Referenced in The Daily Show: Ed Harris (2006) See more »


Nude as the News
Written by Cat Power (as Chan Marshall)
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Well defined characters make you end up wanting more depth in the end
14 May 2006 | by (SoFla, UsA) – See all my reviews

Winter Passing introduces a few great characters inside of an interesting family reconciliation plot, but fails to deliver with the results. Deschanel does a great job anchoring the film's emotional context as the very multidimensional, seemingly jaded Reese and the always dependable Ed Harris does more with one eye then many actors can emote during an impassioned speech. Will Ferrell however, despite being the go-to comedic relief in a very somber film, simply cannot disappear outside of himself enough as an actor to ever truly play a character other then his endless Saturday night live variations, and to me his awareness almost condescends the film's emotional impact. Nevertheless, the film will have you engaged in the offbeat family situation we are thrust into, only to have it become tied up way too neatly and quickly at the end. This lack of a thought out finale will make the emotional attachments made throughout the film with the main characters not as hard hitting as the movie perhaps intended, but still delivers a pretty solid, if a little unfulfilled, drama.

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