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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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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 »

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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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[last lines]
Ruth Fowler: Matt, do you want some coffee?
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Credits are given to the Maine Highway Patrol. There is no such animal. There is, however Maine State Police. See more »


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Dobro-Dosle
Macedonian Traditional
Performed by The Newark Balkan Girls Chorus
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perhaps not my favorite film but a perfect one.
21 February 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

A dark story told with amazing weight and balance, it is cinematically perfect. Aside from the excellent performances by Wilkinson, Spacek and Tomei, it is

Field's film. He uses a deft touch to examine the lives of a couple devastated by loss. The perfection of this film lies in the small touches, the subtle gestures, the powerful symbolism that Field displays throughout. Even the most powerful

moment, the shooting, is done off camera. It isn't so much what you see, its what you don't, what Field implies throughout the film. He creates moments in this movie that convey complex emotion through subtle actions. The film creates

unsettling scenes without being disturbing. Reflections of actors moving as if underwater through their lives, we see them caught in the windows of their

home, ghosts in their house and in their lives, struggling to cope until the film's resolution. Attempting to heal each other and themselves through a single act of redemption that seems at the same time surprising and inevitable. It isn't my favorite movie, but i still think it's as close to a perfect film i've seen.


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