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In the Bedroom
A young man. An older woman. Her ex-husband. Things are about to explode...
Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. He is involved in a love affair with a local single mother. As the beauty of Maine's brief and fleeting summer comes to an end, these characters find themselves in the midst of unimaginable tragedy.
Powerful and elegiac, ranking up there with "The Sweet Hereafter" and "The Ice Storm", "In the Bedroom" is a drama of a family marred by a horrific tragedy. Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkenson and Marisa Tomei are equally devastating as a trio of loved ones who lost aspiring architect Nick Stahl.
My favorite scene: Wilkenson and Spacek are verbally duking it out with one another (Wilkenson whispers, “You’re bitter, Ruth,” reverberating quite loudly), only to be interrupted by a little girl selling chocolates. It is a priceless scene in a wrenching film.
This is one of my all time favorite films. An acting display of the first order. With Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek giving heartbreaking performances. Tom Cruise's cousin William Mapother is perfectly cast as the entitled spoiled scumbag murderer. Todd Field directed this ice cold revenge tale with a great eye for detail on small community America and the psychological need for retribution. He also directed the great Little Children and it's a shame he hasn't made another film in almost a decade. Why?!
Good but should have been great. The whole film is practically split into three parts. A romantic drama starts us off, before an examination of grief and then we dive into thriller territory. The middle portion, consisting of Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek having to deal with a major tragedy in their lives is where the film delivers on its potential. To see them cope with their loss in vastly different ways, before crescendo-ing into a war of words is brilliant. Unfortunately the other two or three major characters involved in the incident aren’t developed well enough in the opening act, in fact one of them is practically shoved aside and barely heard from again surprisingly. After the excellent middle…
A slight disappointment.
It has a cast ensemble I always enjoy, explores the nature of parental grief very well, and has an interesting lobster metaphor. There is a shocking (although predictable) scene at the heart of the film, and some lovely and telling montage scenes late in the film.
However for me this was a little uninspired. For such a low budget, the film is a success and great example of Sundance cinema. But it barely managed to leave an impression. Solid throughout, but one of the weaker Best Picture nominations of the 2000s. Also, the third act felt very false to me. I just didn't buy it, and thought it took the film down a road I couldn't quite believe. There are some truthful moments in this film, negated by some clumsy foreshadow and unrealistic plot developments.
In the Bedroom can be divided into three distinct acts: a light romantic beginning that introduces our characters and the quaint Mid-Coast town in Maine. The middle act serves as the central character study and the marriage between Matt (Tom Wilkinson) and Ruth (Sissy Spacek) Fowler are put to the test. Lastly, the final act switches to a suspenseful thriller as decisions are made when the matter appears out of their hands. Each act gets better and better, but unfortunately the entire film feels unbalanced and unable to commit to one genre and to be frank, the entire film looks rather bland. The acting is superb, particularly that of Wilkinson and Spacek, and it is a great story with an adequate lobster metaphor, but it suffers from a lack of balance and direction that makes the film seem incomplete.
Some thoughts on this film:
-Many people called this film "actors' film" and I think by saying that they really underestimate In the Bedroom. Todd Field deserved to be honor here because he was as important (if more) as the three performances.
-The film used silence, the inability to express to each others with patient but compelling look
-The performances that elevate In the Bedroom for good to really great and complex drama. Tom Wilkinson (which I always enjoy) delivers his best performance, the same goes with Sissy Spacek and Marisa Tomei. The kitchen scene was so real and emotional that you don't feel like they acting anymore, but they are the real characters.
-The ending is very strong. Todd…
It's not bad, but I kind of just mentally tuned out once Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson became grief monsters wondering why their son started dating a woman with an asshole husband... I know it's compelling and the acting was good, but I just wasn't in the headspace to emotionally connect with it.
A stately dramatic revenge/noir. Also a powerful study of a married couple coping with a devastating loss. Tom Wilkinson is amazing.
This was an awesome film, but there were like...no black people. (Even if it is Maine)
A gripping drama
One of the opening scenes of the film consists of a college boy explaining to his parents that his relationship with an older woman going through a divorce (with an abusive husband to boot) is merely a "summer fling." The very description alone would be a red flag to most, and yet this is exactly what the film uses as its base before diving deep into its characters and their anguish. Specifically, the base and foundation for this film can be found in the grey area between the innocence of childhood and the realistic wisdom found in adulthood.
This film is all about the characters, and thankfully Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek are fantastic here. It's not easy to play…
Watched this in my adapting the screenplay class. Before we watched this we had read the script and the short story this film is based off of and so having read it, I think that the story is heightened so much more by the amazing performances and the outstanding production design, the latter of which really got me in this film. First off this is a tough film, it's a saddie because of really how well the characters are drawn out. Sissy and Tom give incredibly real performances and their big argument is like probably the best scene from both of their careers. But like I said, what really got me in this film was the production design. The characters…
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