In The Bedroom (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5

USA, 2001.  Good Machine, Standard Film Company, GreeneStreet Films.  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 .  

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).

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

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