Die Muschelsucher (TV Movie 1989)

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Die Muschelsucher: Directed by Waris Hussein. With Angela Lansbury, Sam Wanamaker, Christopher Bowen, Anna Carteret. Given an opportunity to trade her most cherished possession for comfort and security, Penelope Keeling (Dame Angela Lansbury) must take a good look at her future. With three grown children and a lifetime of memories, she realizes that something is missing, the simple joy she knew as a child playing on the beach. So she embarks on an incredible journey – fifty years into her past – to discover the secret to happiness for her friends, her family…and herself

“This is a very slow paced film about a grandmother (Angela Lansbury) who spends all her time thinking about the past, and beating herself up for how selfish and greedy her children turned out. The writing is stilted and artificial, like little polished speeches rather than dialogue. It feels as if lifted from pop-psychology books. Nothing much actually happens except some soulful hugs and a lot of complaining.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThere are scenes involving sea shells which are supposed to be cosmically significant. It reminds me of the kinds of films my friends made as teenagers full of Deep Inner Meaning.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe adult children are like the rude aristocratic brats lifted from an Agatha Christie novel. It has a non-believable too-happy ending.”


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