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Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and Academy Award® nominee Kate Winslet (Finding Neverland) star with Patrick Wilson (Angels in America) in this big-screen adaptation of Tom Perotta's best-selling novel that exposes the turbulent emotional landscape primed to explode just beneath the surface of a quiet suburban neighborhood. A darkly comic, revealing journey through a world both familiar and foreign, this story of marriage, children, desire and infidelity bristles with the keen writing of its acclaimed author (Election) and the direction of Academy Award®-nominated Todd Field (In the Bedroom).]]>
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This single scene sums up the overall tone for director Todd Field's assured sophomore effort. He chooses this image, which moves, languidly, from a tight full-body shot of the serene actress to a longer, more atmospheric shot. As the first image the viewer sees on the menu page of the DVD. It is an evocative, iconic shot that speaks volumes without any words. It is pure, gorgeous ambiance--something Field is shaping up to be very keen on, and very good at.
A leisurely little movie that pits an acerbic script (by Field and Tom Perrota--who wrote the expansive 350 page novel on which the film is based) with a brilliantly mismatched ensemble, Little Children is a rare contemporary film that is nearly perfect in its execution. Stillness in both mood and pace are just as important to the director as lingering close-ups of his actors' attractive reactions. Field is able to present, believably, a vision of bourgeois suburbia as an almost mythical netherworld. Often, dangerously, the atmosphere here can change on a dime: from playful to sexy to deadly and back again within the same scene.
Sarah is sort of a bad mother. She's a little selfish about her time. She doesn't quite connect to her adorable moppet of a daughter in the way she expected to. The film is unafraid to debunk the stereotypes about settling down and being a "mommy". Sarah would say that it isn't all it's cracked up to be.Read more ›
Director Todd Field's first film, "In the Bedroom" (based on a story by Andre Dubus) was also effective, moving, and brutal: a kitchen sink drama about a murder, the families involved with that murder and the repercussions involved therein.
In "Little Children," Fields has ratcheted up the living circumstances to upstate, suburban Massachusetts: plain jane, Sarah Pierce (Kate Winslet) unhappily married to a porno -obsessed, mostly absent husband, the drop dead gorgeous couple of Kathy and Brad Anderson (Patrick Wilson and for once not playing a victim, the luminous Jennifer Connolly) who have reached an impasse in their marriage as Kathy is it's sole provider and Brad is conflicted about taking the Law Bar exam for the third time. Thrown into this mix is a recently released from jail for exposing himself to a child, Ronald McGorvey (Jackie Earle Haley) and his loving, doting Mother (Phyllis Somerville).
Sarah and Brad, both with their children, meet in a park one day: attraction is inevitable though neither is the other ones "type." That said, what they do fill for each other are those voids that tend to get bigger and deeper as we grow older, grow more disappointed with our lives and realize that our dreams will probably not come true. Fairy-tale romance this one? Hardly. Fields is too much the realist, his psyche and artistic intuition too much about the realities of contemporary life to go that route and Winslet and Wilson give Sarah and Brad their all: vulnerable, romantic, crazy-in-lust even but again always looking over their shoulders for that "thing" that will break them up.Read more ›
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Thanks to Amazon, I can get my Patrick Wilson fix. This was a strange movie that felt like some college film but all in all, very good.Published 4 days ago by JohnNDFW
Little Children, somewhat faithfully adapted from Tom Perrotta's novel by the same name, is both sad and funny as it explores relationships and cheating in a small New England... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Dinsmoor
Clever, funny, and at times disturbing bc of one part of its storyline. Well made with great performing cast.Published 2 months ago by soso
Really good film about how many people start to feel as they get locked into marriage and suburbia. Not boring thoughPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer