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
The last minute of the movie was filmed in the United Methodist Church in Pleasantville, NY. The crew built a two story racquetball court in order for Jeff Bridges to open to door in the floor and walk down the stairs. See more »
When Eddie takes his luggage out of the car, he only gets a couple of items. He holds them in his right hand, immediately closes the trunk with his left hand. The large bag ends up on the ground, even though it never was removed. See more »
[discussing Eddie's first story]
Oh, its very heartfelt. Very personal. Well, its just a collection of personal anecdotes that don't really add up to much.
I was just trying to see if could write something that seemed true.
Oh, it seems true. It just isn't very interesting. It sort of an emotional outburst, but it really isn't a story.
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Based on the title, I really didn't know what to expect and enjoyed discovering the story as the focus shifted from picture to picture - is it about the writer, his wife or the young boy who arrives as an assistant... The narrative develops slowly, giving you many possibilities to get into the atmosphere of the Cole family, with feelings, images, impressions, a time to absorb.
The other thing I liked about this movie is Kim Basinger; still looks stunning and even better as time goes by and it's refreshing to see her in a serious role, in something different from the 9 1/2 weeks and Batman style.
I really loved the ending. As simple, so deep it was. I liked the silence before the cast started to roll and the music to play, I needed that. It's refreshing that a director finally can give us this luxury, just to let us sit still for a little while to digest what was happening on the big screen. Don't miss it - 10/10
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