Guernsey (2005)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Family Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Belgium, Netherlands  |  
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Writer/director Nanouk Leopold delivers this deceptively simple study in alienation concerning an outwardly contented mother and wife who gradually begins to question her lot in life after discovering the body of a colleague who committed suicide. By all outward appearances, Anna leads a simple life. When she's not at home caring for her young son, she's usually traveling abroad to Egypt for work. It's during one of these regular business trips that Anna discovers the body of her colleague hanging in the shower. By all accounts she was a happy woman, making her desperate last act all the more confusing to Anna. When the woman's husband remarries just a short while later, the discovery that he has recovered from his grief and moved on so quickly shakes Anna to her very core. Though Anna and her husband have grown comfortable in their shared routines, are they truly satisfied with the way their lives turned out? When Anna's father arrives on the island of Guernsey with his own new family, her existential doubts are only amplified. Keeping the secret of her discovery from her loved ones, Anna quietly begins observing the lives of her friends and family, furtively searching for unspoken truths, and mournfully pondering why people seem to drift apart so easily.

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co-worker, father, husband, sister, suicide, suspicion