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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Sunday, Sep 17, 2023 at 2:30 pm

Dir. Rebecca Miller. 2009, 98 mins. 35mm. With Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Mike Binder, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Ryan McDonald, Maria Bello, Julianne Moore, Monica Bellucci, Blake Lively. Miller’s adaptation of her own novel centers on Pippa Lee (Wright), a loving mother of two grown children, and the wife of successful publisher Herb (Arkin), who’s 30 years her senior. After Herb suffers a serious heart attack, they leave the bustle of New York for small-town Connecticut, where she adjusts to caring for Herb and making new friends in Sam (Binder) and Sandra (Ryder). But things start to change when Chris (Reeves) comes back to town following a bitter divorce. Pippa’s suppressed resentments begin bubbling to the surface, highlighting the conflict between the free-spirited girl she used to be and the frustrated woman who has taken her place. Somewhere along the line, Pippa lost track of her own identity. But Pippa’s remarkable journey of self-discovery is just beginning. 

Followed by:

A Conversation with Rebecca Miller at 4:30 p.m.

Your ticket for this screening includes access to the Conversation. To stay for Miller’s latest film, She Came to Meorder the combo ticket ($25), which includes both screenings and the Conversation.

The 202324 season of Art and Craft opens with an afternoon with independent filmmaker Rebecca Miller, including an in-depth conversation moderated by series curator David Schwartz, and screenings of two of Miller’s films: the rarely screened and underrated 2009 drama The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, featuring an unforgettable performance by Robin Wright, and a special advance screening of She Came to Me, the magical New York romantic fantasy starring Peter Dinklage, Marisa Tomei, and Anne Hathaway that opened this year’s Berlin Film Festival. 

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.