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In the Bedroom (2002)

Tom Wilkinson , Sissy Spacek , Todd Field  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, William Mapother
  • Directors: Todd Field
  • Writers: Todd Field, Andre Dubus, Robert Festinger
  • Producers: Graham Leader, John Penotti, Penn Sicre, Ross Katz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067J3S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,648 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Nominated for 5 Academy Awards(R) including Best Picture (2001), this universally acclaimed film features Academy Award-winners Sissy Spacek (Best Actress 1980, COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER, 1980) and Marisa Tomei (Best Supporting Actress 1992, MY COUSIN VINNIE), and Academy Award-nominee Tom Wilkinson (Best Actor, IN THE BEDROOM, 2001). When young Frank Fowler (Nick Stahl) becomes romantically involved with an older single mother (Tomei), his parents (Spacek and Wilkinson) are concerned. But when the relationship takes a sudden and tragic turn, the Fowlers are forced to confront the harsh reality of their situation and the inescapable consequences of their actions. An uncommonly suspenseful and disturbing film powered by a remarkable cast, IN THE BEDROOM has been hailed by critics everywhere as one of the year's finest motion pictures.

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb, Emotionally Shattering Drama! August 23, 2002
It is hard to have enough good words to say regarding the level of excellence obvious in every frame of this painstakingly beautifully made drama. As is often the case these days, this work is the result of the efforts of an independent agent, showing how difficult it is to anything worthwhile done from within the confines of the Hollywood success-oriented movie-making monster. With a small budget and world-class actors, this economy-class effort shows that going in under budget doesn't necessarily lead one into mediocrity. Quite the contrary is true here. This movie shines through its poignant portrayal of a family reeling into existential crisis based on the savage murder of a family member, and deals superbly with the incredible range of emotions such an extraordinary event wreaks in its aftermath.
The terrific cast includes Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, and Marisa Tomei, each of whom was deservedly nominated for an Oscar for the performances rendered here. This is a starkly realistic depiction of life in the raw, and doesn't soft-pedal any aspect of the wrenching personal experience such monumental loss tows in its wake. All the second-guessing, recriminations and pent-up regrets of a lifetime come pouring out as the characters try to piece together some workable way to go on in the face of the simultaneous feelings of heartache and anger they feel about what has happened, about what they let happen by acts of both commission and omission, about not stepping up to the meaning of events that led up to the tragedy.
Anyone who has dealt with serious loss in life will relate to the film. In fact, the chief criticism I have of the film is that it is entirely too real, too angst-provoking, too intense, so that it is difficult to sit to watch in its entirety for that very fact.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the reason I watch movies October 1, 2005
"In the Bedroom" is a classic example of our deteriorating attention span in today's culture. It moves slowly and deliberately, and apparently there are those who just can't focus for that long. Looking at other reviews, there are also apparently those who can't tell the difference between a cliche and an authentically acted tale of everyday people in extraordinary circumstances; the story told here is not as important as the way it's told. "In the Bedroom" is one of those rare smallish dramas that makes the viewer feel like a fly on the wall, and that's one reason some viewers don't get it; they find real life boring, and expect (and need) explosions, nude scenes, gore, and filth to make them feel something.

In short, this is an exquisite film for people who really love film and aren't looking for pure escapism. In a sense it's a cousin of "Ordinary People," but without the histrionics. Every move and every word in this film feels right. Worth repeated viewing to those who can still pay attention to this kind of thing.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Finest American Films in Years August 20, 2002
Repeated viewings of IN THE BEDROOM, whether they are in the theater or on the now available DVD, only serve to reinforce the initial impression that this film is one of the finest complete creations to come out of Hollywood in a long time. Beginning with Andre Dubus' story 'Killings', to the screenplay, to the subtleties of director Todd Fields, to the cinematography (the extraordinary opening sequences in the fields of hay with the towering trees' noisy leaves setting the scene for the sensitive love rendezvous), to the exemplary performances by Marisa Tomei, Nick Stahl, Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson plus a supporting cast of fine actors, to one of the most brilliant musical scores ever created for a movie - this little film has everything. The idea of introducing the title in an early conversation about catching lobsters, of using the Balkan a cappella songs to wind through the tale, of addressing a tough subject for most audiences and doing it all with such finesse and aplomb is staggering. For this viewer this was easily the best film of 2001. I hope Fields will regroup this amazing cast and production crew and give us another film of this quality.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brooding, slowpaced triumph March 21, 2002
Anyone who dismisses this film as boring must have the attention span of a 2 year old. This film isn't about Hollywood gadgetry, it's more of an independant movie. (If you do not know what an independant film is, or haven't seen many, you'll probably dislike this film.) The film has fine performances all around. It takes you through a tale of anguish of an elder couple. It accurately portrays the day to day life of this common family. Many people have remarked that the charachters are boring. THe charachters aren't boring their regular, everyday people. You can relate this couple to your neighbors, or even to your own family. That, is where the sheer power of this film comes from. The realization that such a tragedy can happen to anybody. Thanks to the acting the film seems as real as can be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the Bedroom -- One of the BEST films of 2001. May 19, 2002
By D.Braun
In the Bedroom begins as a sunny romance between Frank Folwer (Nick Stohl), a college student returning home for the summer, and Natalie (Marisa Tomei), an older and not quite divorced mother of two. Revolving around their blossoming romance, and the effects it has on Frank's parents, Ruth (Sissy Spacek) and Matt (Tom Wilkinson). They are bothered by the affair, worried he might get lost in his love of Natalie, losing sight of his future academic goals. Abruptly, tragedy strikes the small Maine community, throwing the Folwer family into a tailspin. The film switches diections, becoming an intimate study of Matt and Ruth's marriage, how sadness and pain can fracture the Folwer's to fill with anger and bitterness.
The movie is not a romance or a thriller, as various trailers may suggest, but a character study of how people act and react to events in their lives. Todd Field's direction and script follow the characters of Ruth and Matt, not through plot driven elements, but through their own concealed anguish and suffering. The use of silence is menacing, real emotion and pain are exemplified through stares and deep breaths, giving the film a chilly aura. Characters are deconstructed and reexamined through their agonizing experience, relationships change and true feelings of jealousy and rage emerge.
Built like a three act play, the movie sharply changes direction and moods along with the actors. Though the screenplay is never awkward, instead its a testament to emotional development and logical storytelling. Spacek, Wilkinson, and Tomei give non-flashy and difficult performances, portraying thoughtful people in realistic situations, they all garnished Oscar nominations for their roles in the film, but its Spacek who stands out amongst the cast.
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2.0 out of 5 stars STAY OUT OF "IN THE BEDROOM"
Keep loving Sissy Spacek. Avoid this film.

So vacantly brooding and plodding is it, that it is often hard to bear. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Michael Haley
4.0 out of 5 stars Taught Drama, Great Performances
In The Bedroom delivers on several levels, but most brilliantly in the performances of Tom Wlikinson and Marissa Tomei. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Putkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars On my top 10 list of favorite movies..
On my top 10 list of favorite movies. Saw it about 10 times. Slow, a lot of talking, frightening, unpredictable... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Radsticles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great underrated movie!
Very powerful and underrated movie. This movie is very powerful and will teach you many lessons about life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TwistedJr
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull
This is a slow movie not such a good translation from the short story. Not much more to say about this.
Published 7 months ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the short story- killings before you watch it
It was a good film, very well put together, but read the story Killings( 20 short pages) before you watch the film.
Published 7 months ago by fantastic
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Had to watch for a class in college, I was pleasantly surprised! It starts out slow but it really picks up and becomes interesting about 20 minutes in. Worth watching.
Published 7 months ago by John Treash
I really had great expectations for this movie. The acting was just adequate despite the very talented cast. Ultimately, they were wasted! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Palyda
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb acting, heartwrenching story...
This is one of those films that captures the emotional souls of good people who are doing their best to be good parents. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Katie N.
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Enough
A decade after the rest of the world, I finally see this much-heralded movie ... I don't see it as living up to the hype that I've heard about it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Scott McFarland
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