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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.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I would certainly admit that I found In The Bedroom a real struggle a lot of the time when I viewed it last night.
At the same time, it just goes to show how pointless this reviewing business can be sometimes. These opinions that I trot out nauseatingly frequently can depend entirely on timing. If I'd have reviewed this last night, I might have given it two and a half stars, called it determinedly morose, and said that I wish I'd have watched paint dry for half of it instead.
But having sat on it for 24 hours or so, I feel quite different about it. I regard this as notable because, as I've stated on dozens of occasions before,…
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.
A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband.
Loses steam in the middle, but well worth a watch. Plus it has a lot of Marisa Tomei so I'm sold.
It was a bit boring and got silly in the end.
‘In the Bedroom’ is the sort of film that ought to exist. It takes an interesting situation that affects ordinary people in the real world and explores every aspect in a very naturalistic style, with things developing mostly as you’d expect. The acting is fantastic, as is the direction and the screenplay. It also has something interesting to say about the status and treatment of the families of murder victims in relation to the rights of those accused, particularly within the context of the American justice system, touching on themes of capital punishment and the objectivity of a bereaved mind-set. All these ideas are supposed to come together during the final act, but it’s in fact the final act that…
Cuando dos animales se juntan en una jaula acaban matándose.
A veces la mejor manera de superar el dolor es enterrarlo.
Why the hell do I watch these movies? The stately elegance? The tasteful restraint? Yuck.
“There are many films that follow a similar plot to In the Bedroom, but it’s easy for the acting to be over-dramatized and unrealistic (just think of all those terrible Lifetime movies). Spacek and Wilkinson avoid becoming just another grief stricken couple on the big screen by applying their exceptional acting skills in their roles as Ruth and Matt. Watching them go about their day to day lives after the death of their son made me feel as though I was a part of their family or a close friend.”
Okay then. Not the domestic difficulties drama that you'd guess from the poster but actually a slow building thriller. Who'd have thunk it? The title isn't from marital problems but actually refers to the fact that two lobsters in a cage is all you need before they get aggressive and someone loses a pincer. Yeah, that's got your attention hasn't it? Now it's on your watchlist isn't it? Yeah. Yeah.
This is what you'd call a proper film. Proper acting from Spacek and Wilkinson. A proper script with believable dialogue (though perhaps some heightened moments...) and some proper directing going on. Everything is allowed to breathe and grow in an organic sort of way. Stahl, Tomei and Mapother are solid…
It was only till I was about a quarter of the way through this film that I realised Id watched it before- not a good sign. I really like slow films, but despite what happens in the film, which is actually pretty dramatic this film is....boring. The lead actors performances are brilliant but i just didn't feel anything, and i didn't connect to the characters at all - maybe because it was way too long for what it was - -perhaps if they'd cut it down it would have been better.
Its hard to rate, its well made, the performances are great, the story good, its just boring.....
I've been thinking about death a lot recently. I know that isn't the most cheerful way to start a review, but there is no other way around it; my birthday is nearing and so my annual existential crisis begins, as I to and fro between being a cynical agnostic and a full blown atheist. The thing about feeling this way means that my lust for life is heightened- I want to savour every moment, always surrounded by the most important people in my life. This is my way of prefacing a review of a film about grief, a feeling I've never experienced first hand (nobody close to me has died so far), but my anxiety ridden brain is constantly preparing…
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