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When a film with such emotional resonance and visual poise asIn the Bedroommakes it to the screen, it seems an unexpected gift meant to remind us of the medium's possibility for sensitivity and epiphany. First-time director Todd Field, who adapted the film from a story by Andre Dubus with screenwriter Rob Festinger, quietly observes the loss, rage, and inexorable desire for revenge that follows the murder of a 21-year-old son. The film opens with Frank (Nick Stahl), back from college for the summer, taking up with Natalie (Marisa Tomei), a slightly older, sexually alluring woman with two boys and an estranged husband prone to violence. It is the tender portrayal of love between Frank and his parents, even as Frank and Natalie's relationship reveals the prejudices of all involved, that makes the subsequent anguish of the film so acute. Matt and Ruth Fowler (Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek), middle-class denizens of a Maine lobster town where everyone knows each other, toil through weeks of devastation and blame following Frank's murder before their outrage obliterates all else. Field's exact handling of jealousy, class division, and grief is abetted by career-highlight performances from Wilkinson and Spacek.In the Bedroomis, along withYou Can Count On Me, one of the best American dramas to grace the new millennium so far.--Fionn Meade
This movie made two hours feel like two days. Rather than slowly plodding through 130 minutes this story could have been told in half an hour.
SPOILERS: Here's the movies storyline in a couple sentence- A young man who is involved with a slightly older woman is shot and killed by the man she used to be married to. The young man's parents grieve his death and are upset that the man responsible for the killing is out on bail and most likely will not spend too much time in prison. The young man's father ends up shooting his son's killer and burying him in the woods near a friend's cabin.
It is one thing if a movie is slow moving if there is a payoff in the end. Unfortunately this movie's ending can be guessed early on and so the ending falls completely flat.
This movie felt like it should have been a Lifetime Network movie of the week, not an Acadamy Award nominated film.
Wilkinson and Spacek have their finest performances! This is one hard movie to watch. Actor Todd Field turns director in this film about a couple who are forced to re-evaluate their lives after a tragic incident involving their only son. I felt very sorry for all people in this film. There are no heroes in this film, just victims. Tom Wilkinson gives the performance of his career as the father. An Oscar worthy performance. Sissy Spacek gives her finest performance since, "Coal Miner's Daughter" as the mother. Both characters are complex as we try to figure out what's next. This film is not fast paced and I guess you can fault Hollywood for force-feeding us a conventional movie formula. This is a very good case study on grief, regret and the consequenses of actions. Recommended!Only A Moron Like drakebythelake Would Not LOVE this film. He wouldn't know a great film if it bit him. My suggestion is to watch this film knowing NOTHING about it. Don't read the reviews just watch it. Only then will you enjoy it as it is meant to be seen. I saw this after it had just been edited and it had all of our jaws on the floor. I hate people who spoil a film... so many morons have told people what happens in this that they should all be shot before they ruin yet another.