An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving

  • Graeme Campbell (2008)
  • US / Can
  • 90 min
An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
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2 out of 5

The value of family over money is the predictably homespun message behind this far-fetched period morality tale. Loosely inspired by Louisa May Alcott's classic short story, it sees Little Women-style heroine Tatiana Maslany cause class-centred conflict when she tries to repair the broken relationship between her struggling widowed mother (an excessively saintly Helene Joy) and socialite grandmother (Jacqueline Bisset). Initially creaky dialogue and stilted performances thankfully make way for heated exchanges and some much-needed vitality as the arrival of an enjoyably imperious Bisset shakes up both the rural household and the film itself. There are no surprises in the life lesson-heavy events that follow, but director Graeme Campbell reins in the sentimentality enough to keep them palatable.

Plot Summary

Period drama based on a short story by Louisa May Alcott, starring Jacqueline Bisset. In the years following the American Civil War, a young girl tries to improve the prospects of her poor New Hampshire family by building bridges between her mother and wealthy grandmother, who have not spoken for years.

Cast and crew


Isabella Caldwell
Jacqueline Bisset
Mathilda Bassett
Tatiana Maslany
Mary Bassett
Helene Joy
Prudence Bassett
Vivien Endicott Douglas
Gad Hopkins
Kristopher Turner
Solomon Bassett
Gage Munroe


Graeme Campbell

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