Movieline's Hollywood Life - 10/01/2001
"...An extraordinary achievement in the genre, meticulously conceived and executed..."
Film Comment - 11/01/2001
"...Remarkable....IN THE BEDROOM is a film we desperately need right now..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/30/2001
"...Wilkinson underplays as admirably as Spacek does....It's also enhanced by a surprisingly earthy performance from Tomei..."
New York Times - 11/23/2001
"...When a film as profoundly quiet as IN THE BEDROOM comes along, it feels almost miraculous....[A] perfectly observed, wrenchingly acted drama..."
Los Angeles Times - 01/01/2002
"...Tom Wilkinson is very good....Spacek is extraordinary..."
Rolling Stone - 12/06/2001
"...IN THE BEDROOM is an uncommonly good movie -- a thriller that transcends thrills to become a heartfelt and heart-stopping personal drama..."
Chicago Bulletin - 04/07/2002
"...One of the best dramas of 2001....An assured, powerful directing debut..."
Wall Street Journal - 01/14/2011
"[Wilkinson] is an avenging father in Todd Field's wonderful debut feature..."
Todd Field's IN THE BEDROOM is an artistic and realistic portrait of domestic trouble in small-town America. Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson star as Ruth and Matt Fowler, the parents of a recent high school graduate, Frank (Nick Stahl), who has an affair with a married woman, Natalie (Marisa Tomei). A tragic event near the beginning of the film seems to stunt its action and dialogue, allowing the film to change into a largely visual piece based on memories, feelings, and silent communication; while the film's slow-moving camera, soft sunny lighting, and cautious pacing give it a resonating intensity.
Set in coastal Maine, the Fowlers are a well-liked family with simple, straightforward values. Dr. Fowler has his own small medical practice. Mrs. Fowler directs the chorus at the high school. Frank is a good kid who is working on the fishing docks for the summer, waiting for college in the fall. Frank falls into a summer romance with Natalie, an older woman with two young sons and a creepy, lurking husband (William Mapother) from whom she is separated. The relationship is worrisome to Mr. and Mrs. Fowler, but they want to be supportive of their son so they gently nudge him to think about the bigger picture, without being overbearing. But when the unthinkable happens, Mr. and Mrs. Fowler come face to face with their worst nightmare. Quietly, calmly, and with the most logic they can muster, they begin a dark and dangerous psychological journey. The result, reinforced by stunning performances from Wilkinson and Spacek, is a pensive, penetrating, and utterly believable story.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
In The Bedroom
Nominated for 5 Academy Awards(R) including Best Picture (2001), this universally acclaimed film features Academy Award-winners Sissy Spacek (Best Actress 1980, COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER, 1980) and Marisa Tomei (Best Supporting Actress 1992, MY COUSIN VINNIE), and Academy Award-nominee Tom Wilkinson (Best Actor, IN THE BEDROOM, 2001). When young Frank Fowler (Nick Stahl) becomes romantically involved with an older single mother (Tomei), his parents (Spacek and Wilkinson) are concerned. But when the relationship takes a sudden and tragic turn, the Fowlers are forced to confront the harsh reality of their situation and the inescapable consequences of their actions. An uncommonly suspenseful and disturbing film powered by a remarkable cast, IN THE BEDROOM has been hailed by critics everywhere as one of the year's finest motion pictures.
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