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In the Bedroom (2001)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  8 February 2002 (USA)
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A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband.

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In idyllic Mid-Coast Maine, the Fowler family's only son Frank comes home from his freshman year at college for summer vacation. His mother Ruth, the school choir director, is unhappy with Frank dating soon-to-be divorced mother Natalie who is several years his senior, but Frank's father Matt, the town doctor, doesn't see a problem. While Frank considers holding off his future for Natalie, her jilted husband causes them all problems until an unthinkable tragedy shakes the community to its very core. Written by Bryan Way

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A young man. An older woman. Her ex-husband. Things are about to explode...

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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£87,294 (UK) (25 January 2002)

Gross:

$35,918,429 (USA) (10 May 2002)
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A scene cut from the final version shows Ruth (Sissy Spacek) and Matt (Tom Wilkinson) watching the film Barry Lyndon (1975) at The Strand Theater in Rockland, Maine on the night of their wedding anniversary. Ruth tells her son Frank (Nick Stahl) "It was the first film your father and I ever saw together." This was intended by director Todd Field as an homage to Stanley Kubrick, whom Field had worked with on Eyes Wide Shut (1999) See more »

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When Matt and Ruth are arguing in the kitchen, the clock in the background jumps from 6:39 to 6:18 between shots. See more »

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Ruth Fowler: Did you do it?
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This film is dedicated to Andre Dubus and is based on his short story "Killings". See more »

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References The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999) See more »

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Performed by The Newark Balkan Girls Chorus
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A Subtly Brilliant And Restrained Film About Human Nature, Instinct, And Emotion...
12 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everything about this film is wonderfully done, from the restrained direction and acting, to the inexorable progression to tragic conclusion following preceding events. All the actors and acting are excellent, with a particularly subtle and brilliant portrayal by Tom Wilkinson as Dr. Fowler. Always great, he is, in my estimation, one of the unsung and underrated actors in film today. Sissy Spacek is also wonderful, and the inevitable emotional fall-out in their relationship after their shared experience is beautifully done. Very human - and very real.

Though difficult to watch, it is a great film, great story, with great performances all around by gifted actors. Not to be unsung are the excellent performances by Marisa Tomei, and all the other supporting actors. A film that would benefit one to watch more than once, there is that much substance there. Worth paying particular notice to is the opening metaphor in the scene on the lobster boat where Tom Wilkinson (Dr. Fowler) explains the nature of how a lobster-trap works - and the name the lobster-men (and tradition) have given to the inner part of the trap. This is the metaphor for the human story that will, tragically, unfold.

A great film, with great work all around. Todd Field is a director to remember.


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