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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bite of Moxie, 14 Nov 2002
This review is from: In The Bedroom [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Matt and Ruth Fowler are a typical couple living in Camden, Maine when their son Frank returns home from college for the summer. They are an educated, friendly, and well-liked couple who exist at the beginning of the film as the slightly overbearing but loving parents in the backdrop of Frank's blooming love for a woman, Natalie, who is in the midst of a tricky divorce and who has two children. However, after a terrible tragedy, the focus of the film swings sharply toward the Fowler couple and remains on them for the duration of the film giving a touching, accurate portrait of their grief and internal emotional wanderings. Alongside these intensely personal portraits we are given an overview of the instinct for survival in a slow, enclosed community. Director Todd Field is not afraid to let the camera linger on the characters as they force themselves to keep up appearances and find a way to continue a "normal" life. Ruth (Sissy Spacek), the most interesting and carefully drawn character, is a restrained and devastatingly resentful woman whose emotional pressure builds with enormous force over the film. You know that when she blows it will be huge. What is so moving and touchingly realistic about the film is the persistence of life in the face of others' tragedies. Poignant scenes between the characters are continuously interrupted by the small interventions of other people, a woman asking for change, a girl selling candy bars for a fundraiser, etc. And this inclusion of the trivial is what makes the devastation so biting. For the bright, hopeful beginning we are given, the movie turns into a dark and haunting affair of anger and hate. It is a beautiful and thought-provoking film that will leave you stunned.
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