It’s November 1973 in New Canaan, Connecticut and the lives of a wealthy family are quietly falling into peril. As the teenagers surreptitiously experiment with drugs and alcohol and the adults drift into mate-swapping, a dangerous blanket of freezing rain begins to cover the town.
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Lee creates an astounding synthesis of comedy and bleakness, aided by brilliant acting, choice of music and art direction. The adults act like kids, the kids like adults, and to me the contant, uneasy truce between people and nature creates the closest cinema has got to Auden's despair at our having never been wise nor good.
"Ice Storm" really captures the feeling of banality to a tee in this 1997 release, it has a good cast, and manages to pull off a few bizarre and humorous scenes. But to be honest, I found it heavy-handed, boring, and not able to offer much back to the faithful viewer who wastefully dedicated 2 hours watching it.
Something about this haunts me after every viewing. The Native American flute on the soundtrack is so vital in distinguishing this from an American Beauty-style tragicomedy. It evokes a feeling that the drama is being played out on land that existed long before the characters dwelled there, and will continue to exist long after we're gone.
I can't help but starting thinking of this film sometimes. I saw it when I was slightly too young to and felt almost rebellious due to its overt theme of sexual exploration and its darkness/twistedness. even then it fascinated me and I'd love to see it again soon. I thought that Christina Ricci in particular was wonderful and the ending was heart-wrenching
A quirky little film that aims to give us a view of americana in the late seventies. Ang Lee is beautiful but not in the conventional way. What makes the movie so interesting is how muted the surroundings are. But then again life sometimes really does look like it does in the film. Highly underrated at the time of its release.
It's more than just the winter that's cold, it's the distance between people, and the disconnect that happens in families and homes. But warm hearts and warm desires glow from within, giving brief spots of humanity and wonder to an otherwise frozen over world. And these things run deep throughout this movie. With subtleness and a delicate hand, Lee fashions a growing up tale for some, a growing old tale for others.
A husband betrays his wife. And vice versa. Teenagers are crazy about having sex. Parents attend a "key party", where couples swap wifes and husbands. It is about age-independent sex desire, love and life changes. And how to deal with it. Just due to novel writer Rick Moody's autobiography it is placed in Connecticut and in the 70's, but could have taken place everywhere and at any time. Great Joan Allen!