Suburban Connecticut, 1973. While the Watergate hearings blast from the TV, the wayward Hood and Carver families try to navigate a Thanksgiving break simmering with unspoken resentments, sexual experimentation, and cultural confusion. With crystalline clarity, characteristic subtlety, and even a dose of wicked humor, Academy Award–winning director Ang Lee adapts Rick Moody’s acclaimed novel of American malaise into a trenchant, tragic portrait of lost souls. Featuring a tremendous cast of established actors (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver) and up-and-coming stars (Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes), The Ice Storm is one of the finest films of the nineties.—The Criterion Collection
Born in 1954 in Taipei, he graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then went to the United States, where he studied theater directing at the University of Illinois and film production at New York University. After winning awards in 1985 for his student work (while at N.Y.U., he also worked on Spike Lee’s acclaimed student film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads), Lee spent the next six years working on screenplays, eventually making his directorial debut in 1992 with Pushing Hands. A comedy about the generational and cultural gaps in a Taiwanese family in New York, it won awards in Lee’s native country. His next film, The Wedding Banquet (1993), further explored cultural and generational differences through a gay New Yorker who stages a marriage of convenience to please his visiting Taiwanese parents. The film met with widespread acclaim, winning a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and a Best Director prize at the Seattle Film Festival, as well as… read more
Not even the acting can redeem this wreck of a film. Dull, anticlimatic, with poor character development. Maybe I'm alone in thinking that Ang Lee is not a good director, but it's something I say without shame.
One of the best movies I've seen in a while. I was totally engrossed in this textured, lugubrious underworld of 1970's upper-class Connecticut. Repression is the unsaid elephant-in-the-room. It's a tragedy of missed connections & human longing, & sadly the difficulty in escaping our own fears. Directors Gore Verbinski & Sam Mendes have borrowed liberally in their own suburban critiques. Lee fashioned a masterpiece.
I know it almost sounds like a action film, or a disaster film. which it is to a point.
I read the book so when this film was being made to when it came out I was obsessed. I was disappointed… read review
Re-watched this recently, as it seemed to be the only (vaguely) Thanksgiving-set film that I own (being that it was Canadian Thanksgiving and all). What a masterful film. By far the best thing Ang… read review