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
During the short scene when Matt is mowing the lawn, the mower is not running. You hear the engine noise on the soundtrack, but the grass isn't being cut and nothing is coming out of the grass chute on the mower. See more »
[after Matt shoots and kills Richard]
Matt! What did you do? This isn't what we talked about!
He... he tried to run.
We were going to wait and take him out in the woods.
I couldn't wait.
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wow...pay attention for Sissy Spacek's name at this year's Oscars...
So simple. So honest. So heartbreaking. I dare you to see this movie and not go through a self-invasive, heartfelt understanding for the familial and emotional conflicts these characters go through. one of the best films shown at Sundance, hands down. Not a movie for the emotionally squeamish...brutally powerful... Violent, excruciating truth and beauty...the raw emotional power imbued into the scenes with Wilkinson and Spacek are Oscar-worthy. Marisa Tomei finally gets a role worthy of her talent since My Cousin Vinny. Utterly unforgettable, and a slam-dunk certainty for some kind of oscar, whether screenplay, acting, or directorial.
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