GenreDrama Music directorTheodore Shapiro WriterDavid Auburn LanguageEnglish
Release dateSeptember 9, 2007 (2007-09-09) (Toronto International Film Festival)
July 16, 2008 (2008-07-16) (United States) CastSigourney Weaver (Julia Sandburg), Kate Bosworth (Louise), Alessandro Nivola (Chris), Keri Russell (Celeste), David Rasche (Doug), Elias Koteas (Raymond) Similar moviesThe Last Witch Hunter, Jupiter Ascending, The Avengers, Knock Knock, Pitch Perfect 2, Frozen
The Girl in the Park is a 2007 drama film by David Auburn, who makes his directorial debut here after having written the films Proof in 2005 and The Lake House in 2006. It stars Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth and Keri Russell, among others.
Enduringly traumatized by the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter 16 years ago, Julia Sandburg (Weaver) has cut herself off from anyone once near and dear to her, including her husband Doug and her son Chris, who tried for years to penetrate her wall of isolation and despair, without success. But when Julia meets Louise (Bosworth), a troubled young woman with a checkered past, all of Julia's old psychological wounds painfully resurface, as does her illogical and increasingly irrational hope that Louise may be the daughter she lost so long ago.
Sigourney Weaver as Julia Sandburg
Kate Bosworth as Louise
Alessandro Nivola as Chris
Keri Russell as Celeste
David Rasche as Doug
Elias Koteas as Raymond
Filming began in New York City on November 13, 2006, and was scheduled to end on December 21, 2006. The film was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2007.
The film has an average rating of 5.7/10 in the Rotten Tomatoes. Jason Solomons of the Guardian "likes this deceptive drama, its tensions and releases, its symbolic use of Scrabble to denote cohesion and confusion and its dark fears of parenting, children, ageing, loss and connection."