The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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…
Fura, amikor egy két órás film egy 3 perces veszekedésre fut ki. Kíváncsi vagyok, hogy akkor is így működött volna-e, ha mondjuk még a legelején kerül rá sor, és a gyászolással indul a film.
Nick Stahl egyébként nem volt egy telitalálat.
subtle and three actors give us their career best performance!
There's a stark difference between the first and second half of this film. It begins light and bright and becomes progressively darker. The film struggles with it's "bright" moments and throughout the first half feels cheesy and forced. It is satisfied to tell and not show, and tells more than is necessary.
I was so unimpressed by the first half of the film, that I was pleasantly surprised by the second. It hits it's dark notes exceptionally well. It holds back on the cheesy early 2000's soundtrack, becomes more restrained, and the cinematography, writing, and acting become increasingly interesting and creative.
Originally, I was going to give this film a slightly higher rating. But after I watched the film, I went to bed, woke up the next day, went about my life and around 4 PM thought "Oh yeah, I watched that movie last night." In my experience, this is never a good sign.
With the exception of "Moulin Rouge," this may very well be the most overrated film of 2001. The first half moves along convincingly enough. Tragedy is handled well and the acting is superb. But when Tom Wilkinson's character actually begins to carry out his revenge, the film gets boring----this is one of the only movies I can think of that gets more boring as it picks up speed. Watching the boiling anguish and suffering on the faces of Marisa Tomei and Sissy Spacek kept me interested for a while, but both women disappear for large portions of the film. A solid enough movie----but one of the best of the year?.....
"In the Bedroom" is a drama paced like a thriller, built around emotional suspense, that eventually takes the step and sort of becomes a thriller. The film is in three distinct acts- a romance, an exemption of the worst kind of grief, and a thriller. The entire film is a slow-burn acting display on all fronts, and the second act, where our grieving leads are completely unable to talk to each other at all, is a tense and emotional display of compelling natural acting.The film's focus on it's environment and detail that surrounds the actors is often Herzog-esque, and captures the external with the internal. In The Bedroom is a great, often overlooked, modern drama
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.
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