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
Only once do we actually see Richard cross paths with Ruth after he's out on bail. Eventually, during Ruth's and Matt's fight and reconciliation, she tells of how she's been seeing Richard all over town and that he smiled at her. Though this event occurred off screen, some viewers interpret that Ruth was lying about Richard smiling at her to provoke Matt into killing him. On some level, she must have known he'd get rid of Richard somehow. See more »
The camera lens is plainly visible in the shot of Matt Fowler driving in his car. See more »
[walks up to Ruth]
Oh, I was hoping we could talk.
I wanted to tell you how truly sorry I am
and if there's ever anything I can ever do... to-to talk with you.
[Ruth hits Natalie across the face, Natalie screams, and Ruth goes back to work, and Natalie walks off in shock and sadness]
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This film is dedicated to Andre Dubus and is based on his short story "Killings". See more »
I have friends who do not want to see dark movies. Too depressing, given the news these days. I can understand that.
But farce grows quite tiresome. Clever repartee is fine sometimes. Action films are frequently exhausting and you can only watch so many cars, trains, planes and buildings explode. Plus, you are hungry an hour later.
This movie is a rare opportunity to miss excessive violence, pratfalls and smart-mouthed kids, teenage titillation, explosions, chases, stock characters, overacting and thin plot contrivances.
Enjoy a movie where the characters are complex, the actors spot-on in their craft, and the story is compelling.
Or don't. "Independence Day" is probably on cable somewhere.
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