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The Door In The Floor
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....una calda estate nella villa a east hampton di ted cole, famoso scrittore di libri per bambini, e della sua bella moglie marion. il loro rapporto non e' pi solido come un tempo e, dopo tradimenti e incomprensioni, il matrimonio sembra essere arrivato al capolinea. eddie, giovane assistente di ted e oggetto di interesse sessuale da parte di marion, sara' l'elemento fondamentale per il cambiamento delle loro vite.
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Since `The Graduate,' the possibility in films of a younger man/older woman theme has become as acceptable as the traditional reverse. In writer/director Tod Williams' (`The Adventures of Sebastian Cole') `Door in the Floor,' the young 16-year-old Eddie is played by Jon Foster (`Life as a House') with an annoying lack of charisma and animation. However, Kim Basinger as his love interest, Marion, a mother who has lost 2 sons about his age in an auto accident, for which she feels some responsibility, appropriately lacks animation because of her trauma, a kind of `Stepford' mother exorcising her demon by sleeping with a son's surrogate. That acting is believable even if her `method' may be thinking of her combat with a notorious Baldwin boy. If you are sensitive to such things, the movie deserves its R rating. There is male nudity, from the rear, and full frontal female nudity. The language is about what one would expect from an R rated movie.
`The Door In the Floor' is memorable for two big reasons. 1). Jeff Bridges due to his performance and 2).The very last scene, you will realize the full import of Ted Cole's world-view, and you'll see the treatment of his character in the movie in a completely new light. The laughs are thrown in at just the right moments, and the ending is as true as it gets. Sometimes, movies don't get hard-to-face endings right this film delivers it just fine.
Adapted from one part of John Irving novel, it basically tells the story of a marriage breakdown, precipitated by an earlier family tragedy and focusses on one summer, when Ted Cole (Bridges as a children's author) employs a young, naive student who is a would-be writer to be his assistant.
Bridges, as always, lends his considerable talent to a role that requires him to be an eccentric ass. Basinger is equally strong as the tortured and fragile wife, still coming to terms with the accident.
Where the movie works is in the calibre of the acting, with all the main actors showing respect and understanding of the issues.
Where it doesn't work is with the Mrs Robinson-esque plot strand between Kim Basinger's fragile mother and the naive teenage student. Although this clearly is a symptom of the marriage breakdown, it detracts from the real issue, which is Bridges and Basinger's destruction as a happily married couple.
A thoughtful film, but one that doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts.
As a 30 year guy, I still see Kim Basinger as the supreme feminity. She plays fairly well but more importantly vehicules the sensual drive of 9 1/2 weeks with a somewhat more mature touch (as I like to see myself a little more mature compared to 15-20 years ago). Jeff Bridges...hmmm the dude in person...what can I say, he is majestic. Some people want to become president, others writers, some just get lucky in love... well I wouldn't mind all that above but I would definately settle with being the character in this movie and live in that that house. Outdoor shower and squash court in barn... that's as close as paradise as one gets while still alive. See it, like or dislike it but I guarantee that you want be indifferent.
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I’d never heard of the film and only watched it as part of my “random film” pact.
Moments of true laugh out loud, “Wiper. . . . WIPER”, to some of genuine pain. Read more
In this unpalatable story Jeff Bridges is the most obnoxious actor. How this film got nearly 4 star rating is beyond us. Read morePublished 14 months ago by CornishDeutsch
it was a very enjoyable film . Surprised me that it was so goodPublished 16 months ago by John bamford
The story in this film is punctuated by the unspoken shadow of incest, an incest that takes place only symbolically, as the bereaved mother, Marion Cole, (Kim Basinger) of two... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lorena Vázquez