In The Bedroom


(out of 5)

Powerful and affecting drama about a grief-stricken couple (, ) who are having trouble coping after a personal tragedy is suffered at the hands of .  When justice is not not served by the law, Spacek and Wilkinson decide they cannot live in a world without the emotional relief they feel they deserve. The film boasts fantastic performances, especially Spacek and Tomei as the woman connected to their dilemma, and is an intelligent and truthful examination of what happens when couples go through this kind of trauma.   In its last act the film goes from serious drama to vengeful action film, which for some will be satisfying and just while others are better off watching Dead Man Walking instead. An excellent directorial debut by actor Todd Field (Eyes Wide Shut).

Good Machine, Standard Film Company, GreeneStreet Films

USA, 2001

Directed by

Screenplay by , Todd Fields, based on the story Killings by

Cinematography by

Produced by Todd Field, ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2001

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Wilkinson as “Matt Fowler”)
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sissy Spacek as “Ruth Fowler”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Marisa Tomei as “Natalie Sprout”)
Best Picture (Graham Leader, Ross Katz, Todd Field, producers)
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published) (Rob Festinger, Todd Field)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Sissy Spacek)

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Marisa Tomei)


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