A Map of the World (1999)


A Map of the World (1999)

School nurse Alice Goodwin lives with her husband and two daughters on a dairy farm in a small Wisconsin community. After an accident on her property involving a friend's child, the town turns against her and Alice finds herself fighting charges of child abuse.
IMDb   6.6 /10
Metacritic   65 %
TheMovieDb    6.4 /10
RottenTomatoes  65 %
FilmAffinity   6.0 /10
Director Scott Elliott
Writer Jane Hamilton
Writer Peter Hedges
Writer Polly Platt
Release Date2000-01-21
Runtime2h 5mins
Content RatingR (R)
AwardsNominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
CompanyCinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG, Cineventa, First Look International
CountryUSA, Germany
Howard Goodwin
Kayla Perlmutter
Kayla Perlmutter
Claire Goodwin
Robbie Mackessy
Theresa Collins
Carole Mackessy (as Chloe Sevigny)
Hayley Lochner
Hayley Lochner
Audrey Collins
Victoria Rudiak
Victoria Rudiak
Lizzy Collins
Dan Collins
Sarah Rosen Fruitman
Sarah Rosen Fruitman
Little Alice

A Map of the World (film)

A Map of the World is a 1999 American drama film, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Jane Hamilton. It was directed by Scott Elliott and stars Sigourney Weaver, Julianne Moore, and David Strathairn. Sigourney Weaver was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.


Alice Goodwin is a school nurse who lives with her husband Howard and two girls on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin. After the death of the daughter of her friend Theresa Collins on Alice's property, the couple watch helplessly as the community turns against them. To make matters worse, Alice finds herself fighting charges of child abuse.


  • Sigourney Weaver as Alice Goodwin
  • Julianne Moore as Theresa Collins
  • David Strathairn as Howard Goodwin
  • Arliss Howard as Paul Reverdy
  • Chloë Sevigny as Carole Mackessy
  • Sara Rue as Debbie
  • Aunjanue Ellis as Dyshett
  • Nicole Ari Parker as Sherry
  • Bruklin Harris as Lynelle
  • Lisa Emery as Susan Durkin
  • Ron Lea as Dan Collins
  • Louise Fletcher as Nellie Goodwin

In addition, the young daughters of Weaver's character were played by real life sisters Dara and Kayla Perlmutter.


Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 65% based on reviews from 55 critics. On Metacritic the film has a score of 65% based on reviews from 25 critics.

Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film three and a half out of four stars, praising the performances, and likening it to such movies as Being John Malkovich and Three Kings in "being free—in being capable of taking any turn at any moment, without the need to follow tired conventions".

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.