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An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving

Graeme Campbell (2008)



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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.


A recently widowed woman struggles to provide for her children, prompting her eldest daughter to try to reconnect with her wealthy, estranged grandmother. However, once the family is finally brought together, old feuds are reignited. Period drama based on Louisa May Alcott's short story, starring Jacqueline Bisset, Tatiana Maslany and Helene Joy.

Cast & 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
Director Graeme Campbell
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Language: English Colour


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