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The Door in the Floor (2004)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 6 August 2004 (USA)
A writer's young assistant becomes both pawn and catalyst in his boss's disintegrating household.

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2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Minty O'Hare
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Alternately tragic and comic, an exploration of the complexities of love in both its brightest and darkest corners. Adapted from John Irving's best-selling novel A Widow for One Year, the film is set in the privileged beach community of East Hampton, New York and chronicles one pivotal summer in the lives of famous children's book author Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges) and his beautiful wife Marion (Kim Basinger). Their once-great marriage has been strained by tragedy. Her resulting despondency and his subsequent infidelities have prevented the couple from confronting a much-needed change in their relationship. Eddie O'Hare, the young man Ted hires to work as his summer assistant, is the couple's unwitting yet willing pawn - and, ultimately, the catalyst in the transformation of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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The most dangerous secrets are the ones we're afraid to tell ourselves.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexuality and graphic images, and language | See all certifications »

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6 August 2004 (USA)  »

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Una mujer infiel  »

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$456,876 (USA) (16 July 2004)

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$3,835,551 (USA) (8 October 2004)
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The painting of "The Door in the Floor" was actually painted by Jeff Bridges. See more »

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The title of the paper that Eddie is typing is "A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound." As he is typing, the sentence begins with 'A Sound'. When he finishes typing, the sentence begins with 'Sound' without the article. Later in the movie when he looks at the paper the sentence begins with 'A Sound' again. See more »

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Ruth Cole: Your penis looks funny.
Ted Cole: My penis *is* funny.
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References The Shape of Things (2003) See more »

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Four in the Evening
Performed by Chicago Underground Quartet
Written by Jeff Parker
Courtesy of Thrill Jockey Records
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A Wrenching Tragedy Shatters A Happy Marriage
8 August 2004 | by (Pt Richmond, California) – See all my reviews

This well-acted tragedy pulls us through an exploration of the complexities of love in both the darkest and brightest corridors. Adapted from John Irving's best-selling novel, `A Widow For One Year', the film carefully weaves its way through the painful and tragic aftermath of a deadly accident, alternating between comedy and disaster.

The setting is in the privileged beach community of East Hampton on Long Island, New York where our hero, a children's book author, Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges) resides with his beautiful wife Marion (Kim Bassinger). Once upon a time, they had a happy marriage until the bliss was shattered by the accidental death of their two sons. The aftermath resulted in a general despondency and bizarre infidelities that did little to assuage the pain and dysfunction of their deteriorating relationship. The remnants of a once great love are hinted at in almost every scene, although alas are clouded over by their inability to regroup to face the future and put away the past.

Eddie O'Hare, (Jon Foster) the college junior Ted hired to work as his summer assistant and protégé, becomes the couple's unwitting, yet willing pawn, who ultimately evolves into the catalyst in the transformation of their bitter lives. Ted's recent children's book, `The Door In The Floor' in due course becomes the surviving metaphor for transforming their lives.

The evolving story seems to beg for something really horrific to happen, yet offers a kind of relief when this fear is unrealized. One senses that if this couple had only handled their loss differently, a far better result would have followed. It is also a poignant tale of a young boy's rite of passage becoming a man and another man sinking into an emotional immaturity and then hopefully climbing back out.

Directed and written by Tod Williams, this tale is quite apart from the usual Hollywood drivel that may leave you mired in an introspective quandary for quite some time.


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