The Girl in the Park

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The Girl in the Park
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Directed byDavid Auburn
Produced byBryan Furst
Sean Furst
Dale Rosenbloom
Written byDavid Auburn
StarringSigourney Weaver
Kate Bosworth
Elias Koteas
Alessandro Nivola
Keri Russell
Music byTheodore Shapiro
CinematographyStuart Dryburgh
Release date
  • September 9, 2007 (2007-09-09) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • July 16, 2008 (2008-07-16) (United States)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Girl in the Park is a 2007 drama film by David Auburn, who makes his directorial debut here after having written the films Proof in 2005 and The Lake House in 2006. It stars Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth and Keri Russell, among others.


Enduringly traumatized by the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter 16 years ago, Julia Sandburg (Weaver) 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 (Bosworth), a troubled young woman with a checkered past, all of Julia's old psychological wounds painfully resurface, as does her illogical and increasingly irrational hope that Louise may be the daughter she lost so long ago.



Filming began in New York City on November 13, 2006, and was scheduled to end on December 21, 2006. The film was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2007.


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 71% based on 14 reviews, with an average rating of 5.68/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Sigourney Weaver delivers a towering performance in this poignant meditation on unresolved grief."[1] Jason Solomons of the Guardian "likes this deceptive drama, its tensions and releases, its symbolic use of Scrabble to denote cohesion and confusion and its dark fears of parenting, children, ageing, loss and connection."[2]


  1. ^ "The Girl in the Park (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  2. ^ Solomons, Jason (December 7, 2008). "Every mother's worst nightmare starts here". The Guardian. Retrieved August 14, 2013.

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