In The Bedroom

Family dynamics form the core of In the Bedroom, an engaging study of the consequences of human nature's darkest side. Frank (Nick Stahl) is a high school graduate who is spending his last summer soaking up the simple life of lobster trapping-his grandfather's life-long job-before heading off to college and a promising career as an architect. His parents dote o­n their o­nly child, but worry that Frank may be getting too attached to his much-older girlfriend and her two young boys. In fact, Natalie (Marisa Tomei), who is recently – separated from her jealous, abusive husband, may be too dependent o­n Frank, as well. Reminiscent of the 1980s movie Ordinary People, what ensues brings to the forefront the tenuousness of family bonds, the crushing weight of unspoken words, and the emotional aftermath of loss. In the Bedroom is not an easy film to watch, but director Todd Field makes it as comfortable as possible to be flies o­n the wall of a family learning to confront their pain.

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