Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 2001. Good Machine, Standard Film Company, GreeneStreet Films. Screenplay by Robert Festinger, Todd Fields, based on the story Killings by Andre Dubus. Cinematography by Antonio Calvache. Produced by Todd Field, Ross Katz, Graham Leader. Music by Thomas Newman. Production Design by Shannon Hart. Costume Design by Melissa Economy. Film Editing by Frank Reynolds.
Powerful and affecting drama about a grief-stricken couple (Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek) who are having trouble coping after a personal tragedy is suffered at the hands of William Mapother. 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).
Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Tom Wilkinson); Best Actress (Sissy Spacek); Best Supporting Actress (Marisa Tomei); Best Adapted Screenplay
Golden Globe Award: Best Actress-Drama (Sissy Spacek)
Nominations: Best Picture-Drama; Best Supporting Actress (Marisa Tomei)
Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations: Outstanding Motion Picture Cast; Best Actor (Tom Wilkinson); Best Actress (Sissy Spacek)
Toronto International Film Festival: 2001