Classic Review Friday – Todd Field’s “In the Bedroom” (2001)

Todd Field’s In the Bedroom is a masterful exploration of how individuals cope with tragedy, both in their own mind and in the context of an established romantic relationship. The film is set in a quiet Maine community and glamorizes nothing, instead being comfortable with creating a realistic but vivid world, harsh edges and all. It tells the story of an old couple whose college-age son falls for a divorced mother of two, and must deal with her aggressive ex-husband. The film is structured with abrupt act breaks which serve to keep the tones of each portion distinct, and the result is a complex treatise on an emotion-riddled subject. It offers us answers, yet makes no claim that they are the correct ones.

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