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The Girl in the Park (2007)

R | | Drama | 5 December 2008 (UK)
Still traumatized by the disappearance of her three-year-old daughter 15 years ago, Julia Sandburg's old psychic wounds painfully resurface when she meets Louise; a troubled young woman with a checkered past.


David Auburn


David Auburn




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Julia
Kate Bosworth ... Louise
Alessandro Nivola ... Chris
Keri Russell ... Celeste
Daisy Tahan ... Maggie
David Rasche ... Doug
Patricia Kalember ... Amanda
Ian McWethy ... Dean
Elias Koteas ... Raymond
Michael Patterson Michael Patterson ... Dave
Joanna Gleason ... Sarah
Stephen Kunken ... Leo
Brendan Sexton III ... Stuart
Elisabeth Waterston ... Alice
Rick Holmes ... Trendy Restaurant Manager (as Rick Vincent Holmes)


Enduringly traumatized by the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter 15 years ago, Julia Sandburg has cut herself off from anyone once near and dear to her, including her husband Doug and her son Chris, who tried for years to penetrate her wall of isolation and despair, without success. But when Julia meets Louise, a troubled young woman with a checkered past, all Julia's old psychic wounds painfully resurface, as does her illogical and increasingly irrational hope that Louise may be the daughter she lost so long ago. Written by Official Press Release

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A mother's love never dies



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When Julia's co-worker brings her a coffee to try out from his new coffee machine, he places it on her desk. The shot changes to him a few seconds later. When back to her, the coffee cup is turned 180 degrees - the handle is on the other side, the computer mouse is moved, and a stack of papers near her planner is moved. She did not move all of these things in those few seconds because she is holding some papers that she was reading when he walked into her office. See more »


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Written by Joseph Carroll and Billy Graham
Performed by Sigourney Weaver
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Sigourney brings her A game
9 June 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Haunted by the disappearance of her 3 year old daughter 15 years ago, Julia Sandburg (Sigourney Weaver) can't find any joy even with his son Chris (Alessandro Nivola) and his fiancé Celeste (Keri Russell) being pregnant. She helps Louise (Kate Bosworth) when she steals a pair of sunglasses and gives her some money later on. Louise awakens something in Julia, but it is obvious that Louise can't be trusted. Julia feels a connection to Louise and it soon becomes a question of whether Julia is actually her child Maggie.

It's a slow moving indie. Sigourney Weaver brings her A game. Her performance keeps the attention in a tense understated manner. Kate Bosworth is well cast in this. She has a blend of innocence and vulnerability as well as something darker underneath. It's not certain what her true motives are most of the time. One can really see the pain on Weaver while not being able to pinpoint Bosworth's character. There is this uneasy tension throughout as Julia adopts the mother role to Louise. There are some missing scenes in this movie. My logic mind kept asking the movie to do a paternity test ala Maury.

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