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Fate's Little Accidents
on 25 May 2017
This film is an excellent ensemble piece with characters who seem to have it all on the surface but have deep problems with their sexuality. The main spindles of the plot concern three couples: Sarah and Brad, who are married but not to each other, Ronnie and his mother who live together, he having been convicted of child molesting whilst, in the background is Brad's wife,Kathy, a supportive wife and mother who does her best to help her erring hubby to pass his law exams. This latter problem is unlikely to be addressed as he does not go to college preferring to do what he did as a kid which was to hang around. Sarah, who had been to college with a degree in Literature, has a husband who gets his sexual jollies via computer porno; she resents this as she is an attractive woman.
Thus the plots are laid all based on character 'weaknesses' which were engendered by perceived flaws in their partners' behaviour. Madame Bovary, which Sarah is reading with the local book club, she feels mirrors her own dissatisfaction. The heroine is determined to find sexual 'happiness' within or without marriage. Sarah meets up with Brad at the local swimming pool and is immediately attracted to him and, perhaps indecently soon, they end up in her laundry room during a rainstorm . Their various kids fall conveniently asleep upstairs. Madame Bovary is already pressing Sarah's buttons. Meantime, Richard, Sarah's husband is caught pressing his own computer buttons with some peculiar mask over his mouth. What is obvious is that the film presented us with two stronger women whose men have given up on real life, substituting it for fantasy.
During all these extra- marital activities, the story of Ronnie and his protective mother unfolds. She thinks that, if she could find Ronnie a girl of hIs own age, his desire for children would cease. A promising date with a girl who is almost as mixed up as he is goes badly wrong when he reverts to paedophile behaviour in the front seat of his car. He knows what he is and feels that he cannot escape his condition. His was a tragedy exacerbated by Brad's ex-cop friend, Larry, who had been bullying Ronnie with his perverted past. There was some kind of resolution to this near the end whilst the other relationships falter. Sarah and Brad fall at the last hurdle as he tried to relive his past. One cannot do that.
This piece was thoughtfully put together although, perhaps, the plot was rather mechanical. Modern conventions do not accept happier endings and the audience would have that view too. They would feel the revulsion as Ronnie decided to ' cool off' in the pool with his mask and snorkel; he is ejected although he did not do anything untoward. These happy and concerned liberals become like the worst puritans. The film showed life as it is, full of imperfections, full of contradictions falling short of living a good life if the characters knew what a 'good life' was.