Housekeeping (film)

Directed by Bill Forsyth
Starring Christine Lahti
Release date(s) January 1988
Running time 116 min.
Country United States
Language English

Housekeeping is a 1987 drama film directed by Bill Forsyth. It stars Christine Lahti as the aunt of two girls (played by Sara Walker and Andrea Burchill) who live with her in the 1950s. It won two awards at the 1987 Tokyo International Film Festival.[1] It is based on the novel Housekeeping written by Marilynne Robinson.


Teen sisters Ruth and Lucille, raised by a grandmother after their mother's suicide, end up living with an aunt in a western U.S. town called Fingerbone after the grandmother dies.

Aunt Sylvie is an unusual woman. She likes to sit in the dark and sleep in the park. Others in town are never quite sure what to make of her. And the same holds true for the girls, even when Sylvie writes elaborate excuses to get them out of school.


  • Christine Lahti as Sylvie
  • Sara Walker as Ruth
  • Andrea Burchill as Lucille
  • Anne Pitoniak as Aunt Lily
  • Barbara Reese as Aunt Nona
  • Margot Pinvidic as Helen
  • Bill Smillie as Sheriff
  • Wayne Robson as Principal
  • Betty Phillips as Mrs. Jardine
  • Karen Elizabeth Austin as Mrs. Paterson
  • Dolores Drake as Mrs. Walker


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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