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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

aka The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

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Details: 98 mins · English · 14A (Canada)


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Small Pippa Lee
Small Herb Lee
Small Chris Nadeau
Small Kat
Small Sandra Dulles
Small Sam Shapiro
No_movie_poster Ben Lee
Small Don Sexton
Small Des Sarkissian
Small Pippa Lee
Small Trish Sarkissian
Small Dot Nadeau
Small Gigi Lee
Small Suky Sarkissian


Small Rebecca Miller Director
Small Brad Pitt Production
Small Rebecca Miller Other
Small Rebecca Miller Story Contributor


The film chronicles the life of a woman named Pippa Lee, with flashbacks to her tumultuous past. Pippa Sarkissian was the youngest child and only girl in her large catholic family. Her mother Suky (Maria Bello) was a neurotic mother with an obsessive fixation on her daughter's looks. By her teen years, Pippa discovers that her mother takes amphetamines in order to self-medicate her vast mood swings. She has a confrontation with her mother by taking drugs and the result is that Pippa leaves home and moves in with her lesbian aunt. After participating in erotic photo sessions, Pippa is banished from that apartment too and goes on to live a bohemian life of drugs and working as an exotic dancer. On a weekend jaunt with like-minded friends, she meets a charismatic publisher named Herb Lee who is 30 years older than she is and a romance develops between the young woman and the older man. The couple marry, have two children and later move into a retirement home in Connecticut. Through her marriage, Pippa has become the "perfect wife": loving, supportive, everything to everyone and no one to herself. The couple grow apart; Herb has an affair with one of Pippa's friends and middle-aged Pippa has encounters with a younger man named Chris. After Herb dies from a heart attack, Pippa finally breaks with her life of subservience and refuses to set up the burial, leaving the details to her children. The film ends with Pippa driving off with Chris.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2009-11-27 : United States of America

DVD : 2010-03-02