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 bears some similarities to Simpson's own youth, as a young Wisconsin girl who moves west to California with her divorced mother, Adele. Simpson says that it is not autobiographical in characterization or events.
Filming began in late June 1998. 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, with her reluctant daughter Ann (Natalie Portman), leaves a small Wisconsin town and moves to Beverly Hills to realize her dreams. 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 more...