In an idyllic New England town, the Fowler family’s only son Frank comes home from his freshman year at college with a much older girlfriend, a soon-to-be-divorced mother with an unwanted husband. Soon, an unthinkable tragedy shakes the community to its very core.
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Powerful drama veering onto thriller with stellar performances from the lead duo Wilkinson-Spacek. It is a masterclass in observational study & non-verbal language. Minimal gestures, close-ups and pauses that reflect on the wound that does never heal, a sordid pain like an eternal crucifixion. There is taste in the deliverance, subtlety in the language, feelings in those eyes... the pain is shared across the screen.
Field creates two very stark atmospheres in this film and the transition between them is jarring and disorienting, due to the harsh juxtaposition itself. I think it's rare for a writer-director to be able to create such a nauseatingly sudden drop with such- dare I say it- grace, and for that, Todd Field has carved out a pretty high spot in my list.
A heartbreaking tale of loss and just what people are capable of in the aftermath of grief. Sissy Spacek is heartbreaking in the role of a mother who is lost after her son is murdered. Tom Wilkinson's father figure is perfect as an imperfect father who's forced to live with his regrets. In the Bedroom is a beautifully cast film, framed by breathtaking cinematography.