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Little Children -- 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.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 39 nominations See more »
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Kate Winslet ... Sarah Pierce

Jennifer Connelly ... Kathy Adamson

Patrick Wilson ... Brad Adamson

Jackie Earle Haley ... Ronnie J. McGorvey

Noah Emmerich ... Larry Hedges
Gregg Edelman ... Richard Pierce

Phyllis Somerville ... May McGorvey

Raymond J. Barry ... Bullhorn Bob

Jane Adams ... Sheila

Ty Simpkins ... Aaron Adamson

Sadie Goldstein ... Lucy Pierce
Helen Carey ... Jean

Sarah Buxton ... Slutty Kay

Mary B. McCann ... Mary Ann

Trini Alvarado ... Theresa

Marsha Dietlein ... Cheryl (as Marsha Dietlein Bennett)

Will Lyman ... Narrator
Catherine Wolf ... Marjorie
Thomas Greaney ... Troy
Anna Audia ... Isabella
Celestial Hakim ... Courtney

Hunter Reid ... Christian

Chadwick Brown ... Tony Correnti
Phil McGlaston ... Dewayne Rogers

Bruce Kirkpatrick ... Bart Williams

Adam Mucci ... Richie Murphy

Chance Kelly ... Pete Olaffson

Rebecca Schull ... Laurel
Crystal Field ... Josephine

Lola Pashalinski ... Bridget
Walker Ryan ... 'G'
David Cole ... Skateboarder 2
Weston Elrod ... Skateboarder 3

Erica Fae ... Richard's Secretary (as Erica Berg)
Leo Trombetta ... Frank

Christopher Nicholas Smith ... Steak House Waiter
Adam Sietz ... Large Man
Tom Perrotta ... Small Man
Stan Carp ... Cabbie
Sandra Berrios ... Kind Woman in Hospital

Ivar Brogger ... ICU Counselor

Myra Turley ... ICU Nurse
David Rowden ... Tow Yard Attendant (as David Rowdon)
Paul Mott ... Boy in Kathy's Documentary
Margaret Pace ... EMT
Beatrice Rigaud ... Concerned Mom at Pool #1

Mary Goggin ... Concerned Mom at Pool #2
Jillian Lindig ... Concerned Mom at Pool #3
William Harvey ... 1st Policeman at Pool

Casper Andreas ... 2nd Policeman at Pool
Matt Garifo ... Lifeguard
Brooke Fazio ... Snack Girl
Monica Dobson ... Wading Pool Mom
Ken Tirado ... Bartender
Carlie LaPorta ... Child at Steakhouse
Cody Rubenstein ... Child at Steakhouse

Joe Guest ... Ted from Richard's Office (as Joe C. Guest)
Bruce Lee Gross ... Ray from Next Door (as Bruce Gross)
Patrick Larkin ... Auditor Team Captain

Michael Diesel ... Police Officer at McGorvey's

Jennifer Rainville ... Reporter - "Channel 5 News" Segment

Gary Anthony Ramsay ... Off-Screen Anchor - "Channel 5 News" Segment (voice)
Patricia A. Gangemi ... Concerned Parent #1 - "Channel 5 News" Segment
Cynthia L. Wiese ... Concerned Parent #2 - "Channel 5 News" Segment
Loren Wiese ... Concerned Parent #3 - "Channel 5 News" Segment
Clare F. Mitchell ... Concerned Parent #4 - "Channel 5 News" Segment

Leon Vitali ... Oddly Familiar Man

Conrad Angel Corral ... Slutty Kay Fan Club Member

Darrell Geer ... Slutty Kay Fan Club Member (as Darrell E. Geer)
Gil Ira Hayes ... Slutty Kay Fan Club Member

Mark A. Pierce ... Slutty Kay Fan Club Member
Marshall Lefcourt ... Slutty Kay Fan Club Member
John Begley ... Background Football Player
Mike Ganim ... Background Football Player
Travis Koestler ... Skateboarder
Daniel Falla ... Skateboarder
Luis Tolentino ... Skateboarder
Tugman Tookmanlian ... Skateboarder
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Heidi Albertsen ... Model (uncredited)
Deanna Dys ... Vanity Fair Pool Girl (uncredited)
Ashley Fung ... Girl at the Pool (uncredited)
Kevin Fung ... Boy at the Pool (uncredited)

Jennifer Scott ... Concerned Mom at Pool #5 (uncredited)
Callie Thompson ... Little Girl at Pool (uncredited)

Directed by
Todd Field 
Writing credits
Todd Field (screenplay) &
Tom Perrotta (screenplay)

Tom Perrotta (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Kent Alterman .... executive producer
Albert Berger .... producer
Toby Emmerich .... executive producer
Todd Field .... producer
Patrick J. Palmer .... executive producer (as Patrick Palmer)
Leon Vitali .... associate producer
Michele Weiss .... associate producer
Ron Yerxa .... producer
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
Antonio Calvache (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Leo Trombetta 
Casting by
Belinda Monte  (as Belinda Monte Stegemann)
Todd Thaler 
Production Design by
David Gropman 
Art Direction by
John Kasarda 
Set Decoration by
Susan Bode  (as Susan Bode-Tyson)
Costume Design by
Melissa Economy 
Makeup Department
Michelle Johnson .... department head hair stylist
Renate Leuschner .... wig maker: Ms. Winslet (as Renata)
Suzy Mazzarese-Allison .... hair stylist (as Susie Mazzarese-Allison)
Linda Melazzo .... department head makeup
Randy Houston Mercer .... makeup artist
Ira Senz .... wig maker: Ms. Connelly
Chip Williams .... makeup artist
Fleur Morell .... key makeup artist: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Colleen Wheeler .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Erik Holmberg .... executive in charge of production
Patrick J. Palmer .... unit production manager (as Patrick Palmer)
Ray Quinlan .... unit production manager (as Raymond Quinlan)
Frank Salvino .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stacey Beneville .... second assistant director
Louis Guerra .... second assistant director: second unit (as Louis J. Guerra)
Eric Henriquez .... first assistant director: second unit
Patrick Mangan .... second assistant director: second unit
Gregory Palmer .... second second assistant director
Mike Topoozian .... first assistant director
David Wagreich .... second unit director
Art Department
Liz Bonaventura .... scenic artist
Jason 'Jay' Brown .... on-set dresser (as Jason Brown)
Catriona Crosby .... set dresser
David E. Duncan .... rendering artist (as Dave Duncan)
David Scott Gagnon .... set dresser (as D. Scott Gagnon)
Bruce Lee Gross .... leadman (as Bruce Gross)
Michael Jortner .... assistant property master
Nora Kasarda .... art department coordinator
Martin Lasowitz .... property master
Hank Liebeskind .... set dresser
Amy Safhay .... greens
Jennifer Santucci .... art department production assistant
Grant Shaffer .... rendering artist
Steven Shellooe .... standby painter (as Stephen Shellooe)
Tom Warren .... assistant art director
Tonero Williams .... assistant property
Patrick Wood .... set dresser (as Patrick Woods)
Stuart Auld .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Gabu Camilo .... additional on-set dresser (uncredited)
Matthew Richard Harris .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Ray Harvie .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Derrick Kardos .... graphic designer: props (uncredited)
Alexandra Mazur .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Ginny Walsh .... greens foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary Alper .... sound mixer: second unit
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Leigh French .... adr voice coordinator
Daniel S. Irwin .... dialogue editor
Robert Jackson .... dialogue editor (as Robert C. Jackson)
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Mary Jo Lang .... foley engineer (as Mary Joe Lang)
Michelle Mader .... cableperson
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley walker (as Alyson Moore)
Scott Morgan .... foley recordist
David Pastecchi .... boom operator (as Dave Pastecchi)
Eryne Prine .... assistant sound editor
Whitney Purple .... sound premixer
Will Riley .... supervising sound editor
John Roesch .... foley walker
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley editor (as Solange S. Schwabe)
D. Chris Smith .... sound effects editor
Edward Tise .... production sound
Greg Townsend .... sound premixer
Lisa Varetakis .... supervising dialogue editor
Tim Webb .... sound recordist
Jerry Yuen .... boom operator: second unit
John D'Aquino .... additional boom operator (uncredited)
Christopher Fondulas .... additional boom operator (uncredited)
Russ Klein .... boom operator (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Gabriel Sanders .... additional boom operator (uncredited)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Bird .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor: Big Film Design Corp.
Ella Boliver .... digital compositor: Big Film Design Corp.
J. John Corbett .... composite artist: Big Film Design Corp.
Chris Halstead .... composite artist: Big Film Design Corp.
Bill Hansard Jr. .... process effects coordinator
Bill Hansard .... process effects (as William Hansard)
Tyra Hanshaw .... visual effects producer: Big Film Desig Corp.
Ray McMillan .... process cameraman
Mimi Medel .... visual effects executive: Big Film Design Corp.
Lauren Ritchie .... executive in charge of visual effects: Big Film Design Corp.
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals (uncredited)
Joseph DiValerio .... visual effects (uncredited)
Tarn Fox .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Ray Harvie .... rendering artist (uncredited)
Ntana Key .... second digital colorist: EFILM (uncredited)
Jim O'Hagan .... digital compositor: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Steven J. Scott .... supervising digital colorist: EFilm (uncredited)
Alexander Serpico .... on-set computer graphics (uncredited)
Danita Slaughter .... digital opticals editor (uncredited)
Antonio Torres .... digital artist: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Jamie Balling .... stunt double: Brad, skateboard
Jared Burke .... stunts
Kevin Cassidy .... stunt double: Larry
John Cenatiempo .... stunts
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator: football sequence (as Doug Crosby)
Mario D'Leon .... stunts
Rocco Forgione .... stunts
Valdimar Jóhannsson .... stunts (as Valdimar Johannsson)
Tim Lajcik .... stunts
Curtis Lyons .... stunts
Erik Martin .... stunt coordinator: skateboard sequence
Earle Masciulli .... stunts
Jeremy Sample .... stunts
David Shumbris .... stunt double: Brad, football
Igor Zinoviev .... stunts
Jared Burke .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
John Cenatiempo .... stunt driver (uncredited)
David Ott .... stunt double (uncredited)
Christopher Place .... stunts (uncredited)
Anthony Vincent .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John J. Begley .... electrician (as John Begley)
Braden Belmonte .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Keith Bunting .... dolly grip
Michael Caracciolo .... camera operator: "a" camera
Michael Caracciolo .... steadicam operator
Brian Carmichael .... video assist
Craig Cockerill .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Doug Dalisera .... rigging gaffer
Ronnie Dennis .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit (as Ronald Dennis)
Russell Engels .... chief lighting technician (as Russ Engels)
Daniel Feighery .... camera loader: second unit
John Gilgar .... electrician
Damian Gonzales .... electrician
Tim Guinness .... chief lighting technician
Larry Huston .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Fabio Iadeluca .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
David Knox .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Dave Knox)
Jonathon Leigh .... best boy electrician (as Jon Leigh)
Jonathon Leigh .... gaffer: second unit (as Jon Leigh)
Gus Magalios .... best boy grip
Adam Miller .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Billy Patsos .... key grip: second unit
Billy Patsos .... key rigging grip
George Patsos .... key grip
Christopher Raymond .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit (as Chris Raymond)
Sonny Rea .... grip
Molly Rokasy .... camera: Channel 5 news segment
Tim Ross .... camera loader
Mark Schwartzbard .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Joseph Trammell .... video playback (as Joe Tramell)
Andrew Voegeli .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Andy Voegeli)
David Wagreich .... camera operator: "a" camera, second unit
David Wagreich .... director of photography: second unit
Robert Zuckerman .... still photographer
Michael Akman .... lighting technician: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Tarin Anderson .... lighting technician: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Tyler Anderson .... rigging best boy electric: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Bob Becchio .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Gregg de Domenico .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Chris Drechsler .... electrician (uncredited)
Todd Field .... camera operator (uncredited)
Max Frankston .... cable video assist (uncredited)
Jesse Gertsen .... grip (uncredited)
Andy Jagerson .... lighting technician: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Karron Johnson .... lighting technician: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Eric Leigh .... best boy rigging electric (uncredited)
David Leite .... dolly grip: additional photography (uncredited)
Tim McAuliffe .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul C. McKenna .... crane technician: Technocrane (uncredited)
Michael Oliva .... electrician (uncredited)
Jason Puliti .... lighting technician: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Robert Shoemaker .... rigging gaffer: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Chad Strohmayer .... rigging electric (uncredited)
Sean Tanner .... chief lighting technician: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Stephan K. Taylor .... lighting technician: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Dave Thurlow .... lighting technician: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Lee Vickery .... additional assistant camera (uncredited)
J. Dan Wright .... electrician (uncredited)
Ernest Yurich .... grip (uncredited)
Matt Zschoche .... assistant chief lighting technician: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lee Genick .... extras casting coordinator
Philip Huffman .... casting assistant
Laura Maxwell-Scott .... casting assistant (as Laura Maxwell Scott)
Tannis Vallely .... additional casting
Debra Zane .... additional casting
Sande Alessi .... additional casting (uncredited)
Kristan Berona .... additional casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natalie Arango .... background costumer
Ghilaine Bouadana .... set costumer
Danielle Cadorette .... dresser: Ms. Connelly (as Danielle Cadorette-Acehan)
Caroline Duncan .... costume coordinator
Melinda Eshelman .... costume designer: "Slutty Kay"
Alida P. Field .... costume production assistant
Sandi Figueroa .... dresser: Ms. Winslet
Gabriella Kessler .... costume production assistant (as Gabriella Kestler)
Carmia Marshall .... set costumer
Amy Roth .... assistant costume designer
Raeanne Wright .... costume production assistant
Erin Benach .... costumes (uncredited)
Kater Gordon .... additional set costumer (uncredited)
Lucia Lettini .... set costumer (uncredited)
Natalia Parsons .... costume coordinator (uncredited)
Maryann Scinto .... wardrobe costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Beth Dewey .... digital intermediate project manager
Rick Downey .... negative cutter
Ntana Key .... digital intermediate assistant colorist
Jody Levin .... executive in charge of post production
Amy Pawlowski .... digital intermediate editor
Chris Regan .... color timer (as Christopher Regan)
Steven J. Scott .... digital intermediate colorist
Ken Terry .... first assistant film editor
John Vladic .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Bill Bernstein .... music editor
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
Paul Broucek .... executive in charge of music
Greg Hayes .... assistant engineer
Tim Lauber .... assistant engineer
Larry Mah .... digital audio
Leslie Morris .... music contractor
Thomas Newman .... conductor
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator
Erin Scully .... music executive
Lori Silfen .... music business affairs executive
Armin Steiner .... orchestra recordist
Thomas Vicari .... music scoring mixer
John F.X. Walsh .... music business affairs executive
Michael Zainer .... assistant music editor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Jason Lloyd .... scoring stage manager (uncredited)
Norman Ludwin .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Tim Rodier .... music preparation (uncredited)
Sharon Smith .... music editor: temp (uncredited)
Patrick Spain .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
Tom Steel .... scoring stage manager (uncredited)
Margarita Sullivan .... music clearances (uncredited)
Bill Talbott .... scoring technician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tom Aquino .... driver: Ms. Connelly
Ed Battista .... driver
Joe Blessington .... driver
Juan Bryan .... driver
Paul Castiglione .... driver
Ron Cavazzini .... driver (as Ron Cavazinni)
Walter Chomow .... driver
Kerry Clark .... parking coordinator
Peter Clores .... transportation co-captain (as Pete Clores)
Lew D'Angelo .... driver
Lance DeJesus .... driver
Frank Devine .... driver
Jerry Featherstone .... driver (as Jerry Fetherstone)
Gary Gannetti .... driver
Timothy Garrett .... driver (as Tim Garrett)
George Grenier .... driver
Steven R. Hammond .... transportation captain (as Steve Hammond)
Joe Johnson .... driver
Jim Kelly .... driver
Jim Kober .... driver
Herb Lieberz .... driver: Ms. Winslet
Scott Lieberz .... driver
Rich Marino .... driver
Billy McFadden .... driver (as Bill McFadden)
Billy McFadden .... transportation unit co-captain: second unit
Patrick McMahon .... driver
John Moresco .... driver: Mr. Burger & Mr. Yerxa
Joe Paustian .... driver
Thomas Planz .... driver
Frank Sanpietro .... driver
Mike Scalice .... driver
Christina Schaich .... transportation office coordinator
Joe Siringo .... driver
Joe Stapleton .... driver
Matt Stapleton .... driver
Thomas J. Walsh .... driver: Mr. Palmer (as Tom Walsh)
Drew Yanarella .... driver
Don Yeager .... driver
Matthew H. Wiesner .... parking production assistant (uncredited)
Other crew
David Alexander .... clinical consultant (as David Alexander MD)
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances, Inc.
Brian K. Barnes .... location assistant
Dana Belcastro .... production executive
Judy Blinick .... post-production accountant
Danielle Blumstein .... assistant production coordinator
Jason Booth .... set production assistant
Michael Braun .... accounting assistant
Steven W. Carbajal .... location production assistant (as Steven Carbajal)
Laurie Cartwright .... risk management
Gina Caruso .... coordinator: Channel 5 news segment
Maryann C. Contrubis .... first assistant accountant (as Maryann Fondulas)
Kristy Davenport .... set medic
Jon Davidson .... production controller
David Dreishpoon .... craft service
Jeff Egan .... production safety
Fletcher Elkington .... set production assistant
Erik Ellner .... business affairs
Nicole E. Ferrari .... production secretary (as Nicole Ferrari)
Catherine Generous .... second second assistant accountant
Emily Glatter .... supervising production coordinator
Kater Gordon .... set production assistant
John Greenway .... set production assistant (as John Greenaway)
Joe Guest .... assistant location manager
Susan Hegarty .... dialect coach: Ms. Winslet
Ganesh Hennigs .... production office assistant (as Ganesh Hennings)
Jeanette Hill-Yonis .... production attorney
Rick Johnson .... stand-in: Mr. Wilson
Matthew Kania .... location assistant (as Matt Kania)
Herschel Knapp .... clinical consultant (as Herschel Knapp PhD)
Michael Kriaris .... location manager (as Mike Kriaris)
Laurent Lambert .... assistant: Ms. Winslet (as Laurant Lambert)
Steve Loff .... second assistant accountant
Cristina Lois .... production office assistant
Richard Mancuso .... production accountant
Christine Marino .... assistant: Mr. Palmer
Sasha Markova .... assistant: Ms. Connelly
Jeremy Marks .... assistant: Mr. Berger & Mr. Yerxa, New York
Ginny Martino .... contract administrator
Glen Mathias .... production liaison (as Glenn Mathias)
Andrew Matthews .... financial advisor
David M. McGuire .... assistant location manager (as David McGuire)
Marilyn Moore .... clinical consultant (as Marilyn Moore RN)
Alyxx Morgen .... stand-in: Ms. Winslet
Carla Occhiogrosso .... stand-in: Ms. Connelly (as Carla Ochogrosso)
Greg Outcalt .... production coordinator
Diego Pina .... craft service assistant
Paul Prokop .... executive in charge of finance
Christine Putnam .... production office assistant
Ryan Quinlan .... set production assistant
Serena Rathbun .... special consultant
Joshua Ravetch .... production resources
Christina I. Rodriguez .... set production assistant
Virginia Saenz McCarthy .... script supervisor
Elle Sauli .... stand-in: Sadie Goldstein
Vincent Sauli .... stand-in: Ty Simkins
Weiman Seid .... unit publicist
Julianna Selfridge .... risk management (as Juliana Selfridge)
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances Inc.
Joe Steele .... production resources
Leo Trombetta .... coordinator: Channel 5 news segment
Cori Uchida .... assistant: Mr. Berger & Mr. Yerxa, Los Angeles
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Creel Brown .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Nick Carr .... production assistant (uncredited)
Andrew Cavagnet .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Andrew Demarest .... production assistant (uncredited)
Creagen Dow .... voice looping (uncredited)
Logan Wolfe Edler .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Chloe Finch .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lowell Freedman .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Cody Klop .... adr voice (uncredited)
Patricia Porter .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
B. Reeves .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Mark Romanelli .... production assistant (uncredited)
Alexander Serpico .... computer consultant (uncredited)
Jenna Leila Tardy .... observational intern production assistant (uncredited)
Daniel Villagomez .... credits administrator (uncredited)
Denise Violante .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christina A. Wood .... stand-in (uncredited)
Michael Bloomberg .... personal thanks (as Michael R. Bloomberg)
Katherine Oliver .... personal thanks (as Katherine L. Oliver)
Crew believed to be complete

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Trini Alvarado, who plays a small part as one of the pool moms, was a main character in The Frighteners (1996) by Peter Jackson, in which her character watches a video featuring Kate Winslet's character (as well as Melanie Lynskey's) from another Jackson film, Heavenly Creatures (1994).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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39 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Suburban Paradise Lost, 30 July 2007
Author: Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) from United States

"You couldn't change the past," the narrator of Little Children tells us at the movie's close, "but the future could be a different story." The lives of the men and women who live in the very paragon of bland suburbia appear to be crunchy (and even somewhat unforgiving) on the outside, but inside they break, well, just like a little girl. A veritable sea of emotions, from love, despair, neglect, and hate churns below their pristine, everything-in-its-place veneers.

The placidity of this particular neighborhood is jolted by two things: the arrival of a sex offender (Jackie Earle Haley) and the emergence of a relationship between married-but-not-to-each-other Sarah and Brad; both events, directly and obliquely, are remarked upon by the nattering nabobs of middle-class conservatism in the town, particularly the rather particular hausfraus and soccer moms.

Sarah Pierce (Winslet) is a distant mother and wife; when she and her daughter Lucy visit the neighborhood playground, she sits away from the other mothers. As an indirect result, Lucy doesn't play with the other boys and girls on the see-saws or merry-go-round - she just plays quietly. Meanwhile, as the empty-headed women babble to each other (but not Sarah), a newcomer enters their midst - a stay-at-home father, Brad, whom they mockingly call (behind his back, of course) "The Prom King." Sarah's marriage seems empty and devoid of purpose. Brad, for his part, is married to a breadwinner - his wife Karen (Jennifer Connelly) is a documentary filmmaker who's completely absorbed with her work. Like Sarah, Brad is a little emotionally distant from his wife and their son, Aaron, so it's no wonder he and Sarah become constant companions throughout the long, hot suburban summer, spending their days either at the park or at the public pool.

The other main story thread involves the community's reaction to the presence of Ronnie McGorvey, convicted as a sex offender for flashing a young boy. Soon, there are fliers on telephone poles, and an angry outrage group is formed, led by ex-policeman Larry (Noah Emmerich), who seems to be more upset with Ronnie's existence than anyone else in the town.

At its core, the movie is about repression and "settling" - staying with someone just because they provide you comfort but no love is no reason at all, the film explains. Committing adultery just might be an okay act, even with children involved, as long as it means a better life for the principals. Brad and Sarah transform from nodding acquaintances to good friends who take care of their kids together (Aaron and Lucy even grow to become friends, although up to that point they'd both been loners.) When the opportunity arises for them to become more, though, they take it - an act that's not easy to conceal from the prying eyes of the neighbors, let alone their respective spouses and certainly not their children. How long, if at all, can they possibly hope to maintain the charade that they're just friends? Perhaps the thought that their own, current marriages are charades in their own right gives Sarah and Brad reason to believe they can perpetuate the sham against their spouses.

Meanwhile, Ronnie attempt to cope with living as a sex offender. He lives with his doting mom, who believes there is good in everyone; she realizes that what Ronnie did was wrong, but that it was an accident, and she tries in vain to protect him from the rest of the community, which is by and large out to lynch him. But the brilliant caveat here is that Ronnie is by no means a victim - not only did he do what he was accused of (although he shows remorse and a lot of self-hate), but he shows that he's capable of more of the same.

In fact, that's the genius of Todd Field's film - not only are people flawed, but they're believably flawed. In Little Children, people make decisions for selfish reasons, and there's no wondrous epiphany that somehow saves the soul and good standing of the poor decision maker - people live with what they've done, or they don't make the decision in the first place.

Winslet and Haley were nominated for their work here; the first-ever nomination for Haley, who was probably best known as Kelly Leak in the Bad News Bears films. He's eerie and creepy and utterly human as Ronnie McGorvey. You never really feel sympathy for the deviant, but you might feel a twinge of unease. For Winslet, this was the fifth nomination for the beauteous Briton, and it's astounding that she hasn't yet won. Then again, she's only 31 years old! Little Children is a stark, seamless, unsettling story that grabs a hold of your psyche and twists it almost to the breaking point, relying on strong performances by Winslet, Haley, Wilson, and Emmerich as well as a tortuous plot that provides quite a jaded look at the tranquility of suburban life.

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