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Summary: Set in a tranquil town on the coast of Maine, In the Bedroom tells the story of a couple (Spacek, Wilkinson) whose only child is involved in a love affair with a single mother (Tomei). When the relationship comes to a sudden and tragic end, each person must face the intensely difficult decision of how to respond. (Miramax)
While the story itself is rather simple, the multilayered performances and the way Field resists exploitation makes this a complex masterpiece that doesn't hide the moral questions or seek to thrill with violence.
In the Bedroom is a very moving and subdued portrait of grief. The acting from Spacek and Wilkinson is really impressive, and you feel for their loss and inability to communicate their feelings with each other. And then, the movie rushes to fill in the plot with an unlikely and incongruous turn that undermines what's preceded it to that point. It's still an excellent film, but unfortunately ends on a poor note.
Simmering, intense drama; provides a welcome showcase for Spacek and Wilkinson. Both turn in career-best performances, with excellent support work by Tomei. Field's oddball direction mines unexpected humour from unlikely situations (the door-knocking girl guide) and the story itself is rich with literary symbolism, with more than a dose of MACBETH, especially in the disturbing conclusion, which grows even more troubling on reflection. A quite extraordinary film, if somewhat austere at times.
The turning point that gave this realistic, well-acted film its considerable public aweareness is simply shocking and painfully thruthful to everyday events. On the other hand, "In the Bedroom" fails to resonate further.
All of the performances are very good, especially Wilkinson. However, In The Bedroom is too slow storywise, which doesn't mean it's necessarily boring, but it does hurt the film's already formulaic and predictable plot.
Great acting and a solid emotional exploration. The shift in tone a third of the way through took me by surprise and was very effective, leading to some good character exploration. While the film didn't really drag, it did go on a bit long, with the power of the content being slowly diluted by overindulgence in ultimately unneeded and badly developed plot.
Itís a drama with lots of emotion with several great performances plus beautiful cinematography - total Oscar film. Thatís not to disparage it at all - it was really good. My favourite part about it was how well and accurately it dealt with the nature of grief and tragedy and how true-to-life it felt.
Would have been a better film had the first half of the movie not been a slow, dull crawl. The second half is much better and builds to a good climax, but the ending after that climax was very disappointing. The performances were good, but nothing great. If you want to see a film that succeeds in the areas where this failed I'd recommend House of Sand and Fog.