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!
A terribly haunting but well-crafted tale. Even in the backdrop of a picturesque New England town (or perhaps as a result of it) there is frustration and emptiness. Laced into this film are existential musings and cultural references from the '70s. Despite the dark humor, one is left utterly depressed at the end of the film and for that reason, this film is a 4 out of 5.