Open Window [DVD]
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Izzy (Robin Tunney) is a young photographer and her partner Peter (Joel Edgerton) is assistant professor at an LA university. Newly engaged and madly in love, they find their idyllic world shattered by a random act of violence. But there is more than one victim to this indiscriminate crime as Izzy s parents, the eccentric Arlene (Cybill Shepherd) and sportswriter John (Elliott Gould) together with Peter s mercurial father Eddie (Scott Wilson) all become affected by the events. Can the couple and their close circle of family and friends find the strength to recover from the trauma? They key is not about looking at what happened but looking to what happens next.
A righteous, genuine and emotionally precise movie... given the star cast, it will appeal to those outlets focusing on female issues. --Variety
A powerful, emotional, thought provoking and ultimately uplifting film that will appeal to women everywhere. --DVD Verdict
Expertly crafted with amazing performances... This is a perfect movie. --Ain't It Cool
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Robin is Izzy on the point of marrying her partner Peter (played by Joel), they are very happy with each other, prepared for the next step and ready for domesticity-until one day when a random act of violence out of nowhere switches the step entirely and they find themselves in a hypnotic suffactory bubble where conflicting emotions are easier left in a muddle at the back of the head, confusion up front forces one not to deal or so they think. But with virtual marriage plans at least aborted, colleagues left in ignorance and their parents themselves feeling the fallout and struggling with what to do about it, things are threatening to burst soon.
This film simmers softly with the true power a real top-class heavily unsung indie drama needs. We recognise ourselves in and as these people, feel for them, heart thump as we fear/hope what they may do next to make things better/worse/stay the same. And it gets under your skin-all of these people make you think you would react as all of them have done to the situation, should you have 8 different lives each time. You never know what's going to happen next, thoigh there's always the feeling it may not be good but there's still a tantalising offer of hope on show throughout. What really shocked me was the (quite natural) feeling several characters had to their quite idyllic-looking neighbourhood after the traumatic event struck, yet not before, of course, and nor would anyone, probably-it was hardly a sink estate.Read more ›
I have seen in years. Storyline is really thought provoking, watch the extras for a surprise by the writer/director.
The cast are brilliant, with Robin Tunney par excellence. A must see !!!!
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Photographer Izzy (Robin Tunney) is deeply in love with Peter (Joel Edgerton) whose lives are brutally assaulted when Izzy is raped. Unable to cope with the concept and in the midst of a healing phase, Izzy and Peter breakup, consoled by Izzy's mother Arlene (Cybil Shepherd) and father John (Elliott Gould). Once the incident that is the driver of this story is revealed and discussed, the ramifications are bitter. How Izzy and Peter survive the ordeal is beautifully and subtly written and acted. Cameo roles by Scott Wilson and Shirley Knight add depth to the story. This film has some very disturbing moments, but the subject of rape has always and will always be a disturbing topic. How writer/director Goldman handles this is one of the finest moments on film.
It is a pleasure to see Robin Tunney, best known now for her ongoing role on televisions 'The Mentalist', tackle a role so demanding and make us stay with her character all the way. Joel Edgerton is also exception in a tough role. In all, this is one of those unnoticed films that deserves a larger audience. Grady Harp, April 11
The script is also ambitious in its exploration of how a violation can bring up past griefs. We see both Izzy's and Peter's strained relationships with their parents and catch glimpses of their professional lives. Robin Tunney is very believable, and Joel Edgerton gives a relatively sensitive performance. Unfortunately, Izzy's obnoxious mother (Cybill Shepherd) comes across as a caricature, though she eventually reveals hidden layers. Izzy's father (Elliott Gould) is more kindhearted but rather lackluster. Several awkwardly acted scenes are further dulled by the bland cinematography. I won't even ask how the young couple can afford such remarkable housing.
The film might have an air of mediocrity, and it doesn't exactly punch you in the gut. Nonetheless, it is an improvement over, for example, David Schwimmer's supposedly true to life film Trust (2010) which busts myths about sexual assault with remarkable heavy-handedness. Open Window is an unexpectedly subtle and realistic portrayal of the complicated recovery after a terrifying attack.