the most under appreciated sub-genre (recommendations welcome: I could only think of the first two). semi-loose criteria.
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.
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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,…
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Watched In the Bedroom for the first time.
Todd Field, he's only made 2 films, this and Little Children. But he's one of my favorite filmmakers. Next movie he makes, I'm first in line at the cinema.
This movie has a good 30 minutes where "nothing happens" in the middle. But I don't think I've ever seen time utilized so well like that.
The first act, Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek's son is murdered.
And there's this huge gap of time where they just..... don't talk about it. And the way these 2 hide their emotions and don't react is some incredible acting.
I kept thinking "This is driving me nuts, SAY something!"
It was like Jaws, we…
A masterful debut by Todd Field, who probably learned a few tricks on set of Eyes Wide Shut (you can see the Kubrick influence and it kinda felt as if he were making a kitchen sink drama). Great acting by all. The script is nuanced and given proper treatment and weight. It's a great drama filled with irony. Freud and Jung would smile, and so would Kubrick.
Something we seldom see in moviemaking -- scarcely is a film so meticulously and intelligently crafted as to allow the unspoken and the shouted to speak on such equal levels. The best moments of Field's film are varied, ranging from an unforgettable screaming match between husband and wife (wherein Wilkinson stalks Spacek through the house in a rare moment of a subjective moving camera; she slamming doors in his (and our) face), to subtleties involving shifts of eyes, slips of tongue, and subdued visual motifs.
In further viewings the unpredictability of the narrative transforms into the unpredictability of meaning. Scenes take on entirely different dimensions when viewers return to the film and uncover the unspoken (and true) subtextual feelings of…
This is a terrific film. It is fascinating to watch Matt (Tom Wilkinson) and Ruth (Sissy Spacek) go different ways while dealing with terrible grief. The standout scene is where they finally clash and blame each other for the tragedy that has occurred. Once the fight is over, they come together in dealing with their grief and the movie takes a very different and interesting direction. But it is that second act which is just mesmerizing.
Why hasn't director Todd Field made more than two movies?
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.”
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
in no particular order