The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Connecticut.
Echoes of "Madame Bovary" in the American suburbs. Sarah's in a loveless marriage to an advertising executive, long days with her young daughter at the park and the pool, wanting more. Brad is an immature househusband, married to a flinty documentary filmmaker. Ronnie is just out of prison - two years for indecent exposure to a minor - living with his elderly mother, May; Larry is a retired cop, fixated on driving Ronnie away. Sarah and Brad connect, a respite of adult companionship at the pool. Ronnie and Larry have their demons. Brad should be studying for the bar; Larry misses his job; Ronnie's mom thinks he needs a girlfriend. Sarah longs to refuse to be trapped in an unhappy life. Where can these tangled paths lead? Written by
A sequence where Brad mentally compares Sarah to Kathy he describes Kathy as tall and Sarah as short. In reality Jennifer Connelly is only half an inch taller than Kate Winslet. See more »
The handwriting on the envelope when Ronnie's Mum is writing
her dying note to him differs (twice) from the original shot. It is seen three times: first when she is writing it (the N's are quite distinctive), second when he discovers the note in the case (it is clearly different) and thirdly after he has washed up and sits down to read it (it is different yet again). Also the handwriting on the envelope that Brad writes to Kathy differs between its two appearances. The first shot shows all capitals ("KATHY") while the second shot does not ("Kathy"). See more »
Just remarkable, because it goes in split second from laughter to deep tragic shock without affecting the credibility of the story, back and forth.
Every actor has been brilliantly directed and it is a gallery of portrays, not just two actors leading the story. I found myself so affected by it because of the sheer unpredictable storyline going to predictable then going back to the unknown.
You will watch how people whirl themselves into their own actions and then try to find a way out of these consequences. Then they free themselves at times, to trap themselves next. Absolutely brilliant, with an array of emotions succeeding to one another.
Visually sumptuous. People stayed in the theater and talked about it.
Looking back, you feel afterward how much love and dedication from director, crew and actors went into it. Just a stunning, beautiful movie.
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