Anywhere but Here (film)

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Anywhere but Here is a 1999 American drama film. The film is based on the novel by Mona Simpson, the screenplay was written by Alvin Sargent and directed by Wayne Wang. It was produced by Laurence Mark, Petra Alexandria and Ginny Nugent. It stars Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman.

The story, by Mona Simpson, bears some similarities to Simpson's own youth, as a young Wisconsin girl who moves west to California with her divorcee mother, Joanne, although Simpson denies any literal ties.[citation needed]

Filming began in late June 1998 and it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival on September 17 in 1999, before being released on November 12.



Adele August (Susan Sarandon) is an eccentric woman who leaves a small Wisconsin town and goes to Beverly Hills to realize her dreams, even though she may not know what those dreams are herself. Adele is confused and always tries to deal with matters the easy way out. She buys things she can't afford and her daughter is upset when she does this. She takes her reluctant daughter, Ann (Natalie Portman), with her. When living in Beverly Hills, Adele improvises from day to day, often being unable to pay the bills. She wants her daughter to become an actress, but Ann is much more interested in going away to Brown University. After Adele fails in many respects, she accepts her daughter's plans and decides to help her.


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