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anyone_PN
who_WP
saw_VBD
alan_NP
rickman_NN
's_POS
finely-realized_JJ
performances_NNS
in_IN
truly_RB
madly_RB
deeply_RB
and_CC
sense_NN
and_CC
sensibility_NN
will_MD
be_BE
unsurprised_JJ
that_CS
the_DT
actor-turned-director_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
a_DT
poet_NN
at_IN
heart_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
for_IN
those_DT
who_WP
recall_VB
him_PP
only_RB
as_CS
the_DT
maniacal_JJ
villain_NN
of_IN
die_VB
hard_RB
and_CC
robin_NP
hood_NP
:_:
prince_NN
of_IN
thieves_NNS
,_,
this_DT
recognition_NN
may_MD
be_BE
something_PN
of_IN
a_DT
shock_NN
._.
nevertheless_RB
,_,
"_"
poetic_JJ
"_"
is_BEZ
an_DT
excellent_JJ
term_NN
to_IN
describe_VB
rickman_NP
's_POS
feature_NN
debut_NN
as_IN
a_DT
director_NN
,_,
the_DT
winter_NN
guest_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
has_HVZ
a_DT
simple_JJ
,_,
unhurried_JJ
rhythm_NN
that_CS
uses_VBZ
all_PDT
of_IN
the_DT
available_JJ
elements_NNS
to_IN
fashion_NN
a_DT
successful_JJ
whole_NN
._.
the_DT
result_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
occasionally_RB
haunting_VBG
,_,
sometimes_RB
magical_JJ
,_,
and_CC
always_RB
insightful_JJ
human_JJ
drama_NN
._.
the_DT
winter_NN
guest_NN
isn't_BEZ
about_IN
resolving_VBG
plot_NN
threads_NNS
and_CC
advancing_JJ
a_DT
story_NN
line_NN
;_;
it_PP
's_BEZ
about_IN
exploring_VBG
relationships_NNS
and_CC
examining_VBG
life_NN
in_IN
all_PDT
of_IN
its_PP$
stages_NNS
._.
the_DT
winter_NN
guest_NN
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
tell_VB
a_DT
traditional_JJ
tale_NN
,_,
nor_CC
does_DOZ
it_PP
ascribe_VB
to_TO
a_NN
conventional_JJ
narrative_NN
structure_NN
?_?
there_EX
is_BEZ
no_DT
real_JJ
beginning_NN
or_CC
end_NN
._.
instead_RB
,_,
we_PP
are_BER
given_VBN
an_DT
opportunity_NN
to_IN
observe_VB
one_CD
day_NN
in_IN
the_DT
lives_NNS
of_IN
eight_CD
humans_NNS
._.
they_PP
represent_VB
both_RB
sexes_NNS
,_,
multiple_JJ
generations_NNS
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
variety_NN
of_IN
relationships_NNS
?_?
male_NN
and_CC
female_JJ
;_;
young_JJ
,_,
middle-aged_JJ
,_,
and_CC
elderly_JJ
;_;
friends_NNS
,_,
would-be_JJ
lovers_NNS
,_,
and_CC
kin_NN
._.
we_PP
see_VB
expectations_NNS
fulfilled_VBN
and_CC
disappointed_JJ
,_,
emotional_JJ
boundaries_NNS
eroded_VBN
,_,
and_CC
truths_NNS
unveiled_VBD
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
comedy_NN
and_CC
tragedy_NN
._.
most_DT
importantly_RB
,_,
much_DT
of_IN
what_WDT
transpires_VBZ
during_IN
the_DT
course_NN
of_IN
the_DT
winter_NN
guest_NN
will_MD
find_VB
an_DT
echo_NN
in_IN
our_PP$
own_DT
lives_NNS
?_?
in_IN
this_DT
fiction_NN
can_MD
be_BE
found_VBN
much_RB
truth_NN
._.
the_DT
setting_NN
is_BEZ
small_JJ
town_NN
in_IN
scotland_NP
on_IN
the_DT
coldest_JJS
day_NN
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
so_RB
frigid_JJ
that_CS
the_DT
sea_NN
has_HVZ
begun_VBN
to_IN
freeze_NN
over_IN
._.
the_DT
onshore_IN
wind_NN
cuts_NNS
like_IN
a_DT
knife_NN
and_CC
snow_NN
blankets_NNS
the_DT
beach_NN
,_,
giving_VBG
the_DT
terrain_NN
an_DT
alien_NN
appearance_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
against_IN
this_DT
backdrop_NN
that_CS
the_DT
relationships_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
are_BER
captured_VBN
._.
there_EX
are_BER
four_CD
pairings_NNS
,_,
and_CC
,_,
although_CS
there_EX
is_BEZ
some_DT
interaction_NN
between_IN
the_DT
different_JJ
twosomes_NNS
,_,
the_DT
winter_NN
guest_NN
's_POS
focus_NN
is_BEZ
on_IN
the_DT
dynamics_NN
internal_JJ
to_IN
each_DT
relationship_NN
._.
the_DT
first_OD
,_,
meatiest_NN
pairing_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
of_IN
elspeth_NP
(_(
phylida_NP
law_NN
)_)
and_CC
her_PP$
recently-widowed_JJ
daughter_NN
,_,
frances_NP
(_(
emma_NP
thompson_NP
)_)
._.
these_DT
two_CD
have_HV
a_DT
stormy_JJ
relationship_NN
._.
they_PP
love_VB
each_DT
other_JJ
deeply_RB
,_,
but_CC
both_RB
are_BER
stubborn_JJ
and_CC
willful_JJ
,_,
and_CC
neither_RB
is_BEZ
willing_JJ
to_TO
admit_VB
that_DT
they_PP
need_VB
the_DT
other_JJ
._.
much_DT
of_IN
their_PP$
interaction_NN
is_BEZ
argumentative_JJ
,_,
but_CC
,_,
during_IN
the_DT
course_NN
of_IN
a_DT
long_JJ
walk_NN
to_IN
the_DT
frozen_JJ
shoreline_JJ
,_,
they_PP
come_VB
to_TO
an_DT
unspoken_JJ
understanding_NN
of_IN
how_WRB
much_DT
each_DT
means_NN
to_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
._.
frances_NP
'_"
adult_NN
son_NN
,_,
alex_NP
(_(
gary_NP
hollywood_NP
)_)
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
lonely_JJ
young_JJ
man_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
caring_VBG
for_IN
his_PP$
mother_NN
since_CS
the_DT
death_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
father_NN
._.
on_IN
this_DT
day_NN
,_,
he_PP
meets_VBZ
a_DT
girl_NN
,_,
nita_???
(_)
arlene_JJ
cockburn_NN
)_)
,_,
who_WP
has_HVZ
secretly_RB
been_BEN
spying_VBG
on_IN
him_PP
for_IN
weeks_NNS
._.
although_CS
their_PP$
first_OD
encounter_NN
is_BEZ
antagonistic_JJ
(_(
she_PP
throws_VBZ
a_DT
snowball_NN
at_IN
him_PP
)_)
,_,
both_RB
quickly_RB
become_VB
aware_JJ
of_IN
an_DT
undeniable_JJ
attraction_NN
._.
once_RB
they_PP
retire_VB
to_TO
a_NN
place_VB
where_CS
they_PP
can_MD
be_BE
alone_RB
,_,
however_RB
,_,
things_NNS
don't_DO
go_VB
exactly_RB
as_IN
planned_JJ
._.
lily_NN
(_(
sheila_NP
reid_NP
)_)
and_CC
chloe_NP
(_(
sandra_NP
voe_???
)_(
are_BER
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
old_JJ
friends_NNS
who_WP
are_BER
frequent_JJ
funeral_NN
attendees_NNS
._.
death_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
topic_NN
of_IN
endless_JJ
fascination_NN
for_IN
them_PP
,_,
perhaps_RB
because_CS
they_PP
are_BER
so_RB
close_JJ
to_IN
it_PP
,_,
and_CC
they_PP
spend_VB
their_PP$
spare_JJ
time_NN
scanning_VBG
the_DT
obituaries_NNS
,_,
looking_VBG
for_IN
the_DT
next_OD
funeral_NN
or_CC
cremation_NP
in_IN
the_DT
area_NN
._.
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
matter_NN
whether_CS
or_CC
not_XNOT
they_PP
knew_VBD
the_DT
deceased_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
ceremony_NN
that_CS
they're_???
interested_JJ
in_CD
._.
sam_NP
(_(
douglas_NP
murphy_NP
)_)
and_CC
tom_NP
(_(
sean_NP
biggerstaff_NN
)_)
,_,
a_DT
pair_NN
of_IN
schoolboy_NN
chums_NNS
,_,
are_BER
spending_VBG
this_DT
cold_JJ
february_NP
day_NN
cutting_NN
classes_NNS
and_CC
hanging_VBG
out_RP
at_IN
the_DT
beach_NN
,_,
horsing_VBG
around_IN
,_,
building_NN
a_DT
small_JJ
fire_NN
for_IN
warmth_NN
,_,
and_CC
walking_VBG
on_IN
the_DT
frozen_JJ
water_NN
._.
unlike_IN
lily_NN
and_CC
chloe_NP
,_,
these_DT
two_CD
have_HV
their_PP$
entire_JJ
lives_NNS
ahead_RB
of_IN
them_PP
._.
they_PP
are_BER
young_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
still_RB
believe_VB
in_IN
magic_JJ
,_,
but_CC
old_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
recognize_VB
that_DT
the_DT
process_NN
of_IN
crossing_NN
into_IN
adulthood_NN
robs_???
life_NN
of_IN
the_DT
simple_JJ
joy_NN
that_CS
only_RB
children_NNS
can_MD
experience_VB
._.
the_DT
acting_JJ
is_BEZ
strong_JJ
and_CC
believable_JJ
._.
the_DT
mixture_NN
of_IN
veteran_NN
performers_NNS
and_CC
first-timers_NNS
is_BEZ
effective_JJ
,_,
with_IN
the_DT
most_DT
successful_JJ
choice_NN
being_BEG
the_DT
casting_NN
of_IN
real-life_JJ
mother_NN
and_CC
daughter_NN
phylida_NP
law_NN
and_CC
emma_NP
thompson_NP
in_IN
the_DT
most_DT
prominent_JJ
roles_NNS
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
a_DT
chemistry_NN
in_IN
their_PP$
interaction_NN
that_CS
would_MD
be_BE
hard_JJ
to_TO
replicate_VB
with_IN
two_CD
different_JJ
,_,
non-related_VBN
actors_NNS
._.
and_CC
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
the_DT
physical_JJ
resemblance_NN
makes_VBZ
it_PP
that_CS
much_DT
easier_JJR
to_IN
accept_VB
elspeth_NP
and_CC
frances_NP
as_IN
parent_NN
and_CC
child_NN
._.
the_DT
winter_NN
guest_NN
began_VBD
its_PP$
life_NN
as_IN
a_DT
stage_NN
play_NN
in_IN
1995_CD
,_,
with_IN
rickman_NN
as_IN
the_DT
director_NN
._.
four_CD
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
principals_NNS
,_,
phylida_NP
law_NN
,_,
arlene_NN
cockburn_NN
,_,
sheila_NP
reid_NP
,_,
and_CC
sandra_NP
voe_???
,_,
appeared_VBD
in_IN
the_DT
theatrical_JJ
version_NN
before_IN
moving_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
unlike_IN
several_DT
recent_JJ
motion_NN
pictures_NNS
adapted_VBN
from_IN
plays_NNS
,_,
the_DT
winter_NN
guest_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
successfully_RB
opened_VBN
up_RP
._.
the_DT
rough_JJ
,_,
bleak_JJ
scottish_JJ
countryside_NN
becomes_VBZ
as_IN
much_DT
of_IN
a_DT
character_NN
as_IN
any_DT
of_IN
the_DT
eight_CD
humans_NNS
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
considering_VBG
how_WRB
important_JJ
the_DT
climate_NN
is_BEZ
to_TO
every_DT
relationship_NN
under_IN
rickman_NN
's_POS
microscope_NN
,_,
it_PP
could_MD
be_BE
argued_VBN
that_CS
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
single_JJ
most_DT
important_JJ
element_NN
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
if_CS
you_PP
appreciate_VB
character_NN
studies_NNS
,_,
the_DT
winter_NN
guest_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
solid_JJ
effort_NN
with_IN
enough_DT
power_NN
to_IN
stay_NN
with_IN
you_PP
after_IN
you_PP
have_HV
left_VBN
the_DT
theater_NN
._.