Posted on 12/04/07 10:57 PM
"In The Bedroom" is one of the greatest human dramas of the 2000's. Quiet, compelling, heartwrenching and disturbing, this small yet powerful story was a profound influence on me as a writer and aspiring filmmaker, particularly in its believability. All the characters seemed real, and their pain and devastation extremely palatable.
Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, Marissa Tomei and William Mapother all give powerhouse performances. I wish I could make a movie like this. Todd Field is a true talent, though his follow-up film, 2006's "Little Children", was a bit too inert for my tastes. Still, Field has a knack for no-nonsense storytelling and drawing you into movies about everyday people with struggles we can understand, yet hopefully not have to experience.