Synopsis: The love which binds mother and daughter -- seen through the prism of one mother's life as it crests with optimism, navigates a turning point, and ebbs to its close. Overcome by the power of memory, Ann Lord reveals a long-held secret to her concerned daughters; Constance, a content wife and mother, and Nina, a restless single woman. Both are bedside when Ann calls out for the man she loved more than any other. But who is this "Harris," wonder her daughters, and what is he to our mother? While Constance and Nina try to take stock of Ann's life and their own lives, their mother is tended to by a night nurse as she journeys in her mind back to a summer weekend some fifty years before, when she was Ann Grant, a young woman who has come from New York City to be maid of honor at the high-society Newport wedding of her dearest friend from college, Lila Wittenborn. The bride-to-be is jittery, and turns to her maid of honor rather than her own mother for support. Ann stays close to her friend,
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Lajos Koltai
Production: Focus Features
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

Where's Harris?





Hi, Mom.

She keeps saying, "Where's Harris?"

Who's Harris, Mom?

Harris was my first mistake.

Do you remember

your first mistake, Connie?

Mom, you were dreaming, that's all.

Your first mistake is like your first kiss.

You never forget it.

Shh, just rest now, okay?

You've never told us

about somebody named Harris.

I guess I wanted it to be a surprise.

You used to like surprises.

Was he an old boyfriend of yours?

Mine and Buddy's. Buddy loved him, too.

Harris and I killed Buddy.

Mom, what are you talking about?

Nina, she didn't murder anyone.

Mom, look at me, look at me. Try to focus.


Hey, beautiful.


I've been on a bus for seven hours.

I'm not even remotely beautiful.

You are never anything but.

It's up to you to stop the wedding,

you know.


You're Lila's last hope.

I'm not anyone's last hope!

Shh, everything's okay.

Connie, you're such a good mother.

I wasn't much of one myself.

No, you've been

a very good mother, sweetheart.

Oh, f*** off.

Come on, Mom.

I'm nobody's sweetheart.

It was a mistake to name that star after me.

Hi, sweetheart!


Honey, are you okay?

Of course I am, it's my wedding.

Come on, I'll show you to your room.

I wasn't expecting anything quite so grand.

It's just a very old dream

my family can't seem to wake up from.

I don't look very Newport, do I?

Honey, you look wonderful.

Where did you get this blouse?


You always find the most unusual things.

Come on.

Great dress.

Bride of Dracula.

Well, it's probably better if they're

more afraid of me than I am of them.

Oh, no, my family is not scared of vampires.

They don't have enough blood

to be of interest.

Come on, I'll show you around.

Trouble is, I need a first sentence.

I can't believe that other guy got

"Call me Ishmael" before you did.

I know, it's my luck, right.

But what do you think about this?

"It was the best of times,

it was the worst of times."

No good. No.

I'll keep at it.

So, your family owns this cliff, too?


Known locally as "the Plunge."

I fully intend to amount to something

despite my advantages.

Hey, look.

Come on, I want you to meet somebody.



Buddy, come here.

Hey, the Fish is a wreck,

who's been taking care of her?

Nobody, probably.

Ann, this is my big brother, Harris Arden.

Dr. Harris Arden.

The only one around here

who actually has a job.

I'm not his brother. I'm one of the servants.


I'm Ann Grant.

Prone to inappropriate apparel.

If your family's not going to take

decent care of the Fish,

they should sell her to someone who will.

What's wrong with it?

Mold. Barnacles. The planks are leaking.

Can we still take her out?


Hey, Ann, you want to come for a sail?

Oh, I think I have, you know,

bridesmaid things to do.

Watch yourself.

Pippin Fitzgerald,

I didn't even know that he was coming.

Nine is good.

Ann, darling!

Hi, Mrs. W.

Oh, lovely to see you.


Ann, dear, it seems that half the people

I've seated together at this reception

are either mortal enemies,

have had disastrous affairs, or both.

I hear you're going to honor us

with a song at the reception.

I don't think anyone's

all that likely to feel honored.

Have you made your selection?

There are some lovely Schubert songs.

That's not really the kind of thing that I do.

I can get through Time After Time

without going flat.

So, what are we gonna do?

Why don't we move

Ellie and Joe Mortimer to table four?

With the Fairfields?


The tennis thing? Summer before last?

Oh, my Lord.

At least one of us has powers of retention.

Ann, did Buddy take you

down to the beach?

Oh, yes. I met Harris.

What are we gonna do

with those Mortimers.

Oh, um...

Here's a card from somebody named Peach.

Peach Howze LaMott.

You know who that is?

Sounds like a stripper.

I don't think Mom knew any strippers.

It's hard to say who Mom knew, isn't it?

What's with this fixation of yours, anyway?

What fixation?

She mentions a couple of names

and suddenly you're Nancy Drew.

Well, she keeps going on

about people we've never heard of.

She says Harris was her only love

and then she tells us

she and Harris killed somebody.

She's not exactly in her right mind,

in case you haven't noticed.

I have a feeling, that's all.

Who was supposed to speak to Lila

about green?

Hi, Ann. It's nice to see you.

I'm sorry, I'm having a dress crisis.


It looks better on Ann.

Ann, darling, where ever did you get

those shoes?

Oh, I don't know. The Village somewhere.

You got them in a village?

No, Greenwich Village, in New York City.


I think champagne's going to be

beautiful with your hair.

Thank you, Peach.

This is going to be fun.

I can't wait.

What good are words I say to you

You're on, baby.

I don't wanna go on. I wanna go back.

Sorry, no can do.

I made a mistake.

Mistakes are beautiful, baby.

Mistakes are part of the fun.

I'm wearing the wrong dress.

I can't go for a sail in this.

I just think Mom

is trying to tell us something.

I think Mom needs to be left in peace

at this point.

Well. When I'm on my deathbed,

I hereby give you permission

to ask me a question or two about my life.

Nina, if you won't give Mom a break,

how about giving me one?

This is probably not the best time

for us to have a fight.

We don't need to have a fight.

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Susan Minot

Susan Minot rhymes with 'sign it' (born December 7, 1956) is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, screenwriter and painter. more…

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