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In the Bedroom (2001)

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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Crime | Drama

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

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8 February 2002 (USA)  »

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A hálószobában  »

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$93,972 (USA) (23 November 2001)

Gross:

$35,918,429 (USA) (10 May 2002)
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The words of Father McCasslin at the burial are the last five lines from Chapter 25, "Death", in "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran. See more »

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The camera lens is plainly visible in the shot of Matt Fowler driving in his car. See more »

Quotes

Natalie: [Frank plays with blocks while Natalie relaxes in a beach chair] Hey... You know I've been ignoring our difference in age but you keep playing with those blocks, I'm gonna start to worry.
Frank Fowler: You're not looking at the house. Look.
[Natalie moves closer to Frank]
Frank Fowler: It's not all mine, it's part Mack. See, the whole idea of what Mack was trying to achieve was a common area in the center of the house. I mean, large, open spaces- they weren't unique to Mack but the idea of seperating the family so that the ...
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Graham Leader gratefully acknowledges ... Ann, Kira & Saks. See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best of 2001 (2002) See more »

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Dobro-Dosle
Macedonian Traditional
Performed by The Newark Balkan Girls Chorus
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a real modern classic
2 January 2004 | by (Long Island NY) – See all my reviews

A rarity in modern cinema, In the Bedroom is a movie for thinking adults that is one of the most thorough yet subtle examinations of violence and its consequences I've ever seen. Tom Wilkerson gives a masterful and restrained performance, and Sissy Spacek and nearly everyone else is uniformly excellent. Although it is a searing and unflinching look at nearly unspeakable grief, it is poignant and thoughtful and even has scenes of humor if you are ready for it. Todd Field's screenplay is one of the most brilliant in recent memory. I really wish we had more mature stuff like this coming out of Hollywood. Powerful films that deal with violence and its aftermath and meaning like this make films like Kill Bill look even more repellent than they already are.


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