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
The amusement park scenes in the movie are scenes of the beachfront amusement park, Palace Playland, at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. The Ferris wheel that was shown lit up was the Sunwheel. See more »
When Matt is eating in the diner the napkin disappears and reappears underneath the silverware. See more »
[both characters talking to Jason]
Best part of the cod. The outsiders, they won't touch it. Summer fisherman, well, they're part-timers like Frank here; get in your hair. As many as 80 of them now with licenses. Hmm! Should have put up a sign. Stay in your own backyard, or lose your traps.
See, Henry here is just sore 'cause I catch twice as much as he does with an old second-hand Bordreau.
Now, don't you listen to him, son. That boat is fine. She was my first. I kinda miss her, sometimes. And ...
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This film is dedicated to Andre Dubus and is based on his short story "Killings". See more »
Revenge shown to be illusion in this realistic work.
The film is, as all the critics say, emotionally involving, wrenching and all that. Acting is natural and realistic, down to the nitty-gritty. The valuable and rare thing here is that the story works against the most common plot at the movies today: the revenge plot. Here instead, revenge gets a more ambiguous and thoughtful treatment. We are accustomed to being flattered as an audience, sent home feeling good that "our" side wins in the end against the evil. In this film that stereotypical and simplistic Good vs Evil is taken apart. The revenge leaves us feeling unusually unsettled, which is a very good thing in a deeper sense.
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