The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Synopsis: Pippa Lee feels dislocated when she and her husband Herb move from Manhattan to a retirement community. He's older than she, they have two children who are young adults, and the daughter hardly speaks to Pippa. Pippa tells us about her life, in long flashbacks, starting with her birth to a mom who was a social dynamo and addicted to pills. As a teen, Pippa moves out and lives a hippie life until meeting Herb, who was then married to a young siren. Pippa discloses tragedies and discoveries. In the present, she's sleepwalking at night and talking from time to time with a burned-out case, the 35-year-old son of a neighbor. Can Pippa connect?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Rebecca Miller
Production: Screen Media Films
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

I can find.

- You wanna move back to the city?

- We just sold our apartment.

- Well, we can get another one.

- Are you serious?


I'm just having a hard time

thinking of this as the end of the line.

I think it's sort of romantic...

starting all over, just the two of us.

So little stuff.

Must you always look at the bright side?

Can I get you anything?

- Some carrot juice?

- No, I'm fine.

What was that cheese

we had for lunch yesterday?

It was vacherin. I was so excited

to find that at the market.

I love that cheese.

Once I lost my furry coat,

my mother was so relieved

that she became sort of obsessed

with my appearance.

She even took a drawing course

at the town hall,

the sole purpose of which

was making pictures of me.


you have the most beautiful eyes.

I think God took all of our best

features and put them on your face.

Don't you move. Almost done.

(slams phone down)

Why, you little...

Turkey, turkey, turkey, turkey.

- Ouch!

- (slaps Pippa)

("Teen Baby" by Gary Trexler)

She dressed me up as angels,

cowgirls, movie stars.

I was her prize possession.

# You're real, real cool

# For you I'm a fool

- # Teen baby, be mine

- # Honey, I will

- # Teen baby, be mine

- # Honey, you know I will

# Baby, be mine

# All of the time

# Oh, don't you know

# I love you so

- # Glad you're my date

- # Do-do, do-do-do

# With me, you're great

Teen baby, be mine


(police siren)

- (Herb) Who else has a key?

- The cleaning lady.

But I can't see Miss Fanning

breaking in with a few friends

to have chocolate cake

in the middle of the night.

- And the maintenance people?

- You think it was me?

- You think I'm losing my marbles?

- I wasn't saying that. I wasn't...

- Hey.

- There she is.

Hi, Daddy.

- You look great.

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Rebecca Miller

Rebecca Augusta Miller, Lady Day-Lewis (born September 15, 1962) is an American independent filmmaker and novelist, known for her films Angela, Personal Velocity: Three Portraits, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Maggie's Plan, all of which she wrote and directed. Miller is the daughter of Arthur Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, and his third wife Inge Morath, Magnum photographer. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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