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The Ice Storm

Ang Lee USA, 1997

Z's rating of the film Der Eissturm

Lee's compassionate portrait of privileged decadence and the sadness, desperation and longing for transcendence that accompany it. Lee does not judge, but simply observes these characters like an anthropologist studying a primitive culture. Lee and Schamus really nail something essential about the cold and sterile nature of suburban life in CT. Lee's astute observation leads to great nuance and depth of feeling.