Writer/Dir: Todd Field (In the Bedroom)
Cast: Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Halye, Jennifer Connelly
Seen: October 27, 2006 at the Varsity with Jamie
Reason to see: Hm... I'm not sure anymore why we went. Jamie had just read the book I believe, and it's always a pleasure to see anything that Kate Winslet is in.
It's a little bit of a challenge to write about this film as it saw it over 4 months ago, and didn't take any notes beyond what the previews were - but I'm going to give it my best nonetheless.
The best word I could use to describe this film, and my experience watching it, is complicated. Not as in 'hard to follow' but morally complicated. I think, in general, people take that as it shows 'real people' and of that I am not always convinced but in the case of this film, maybe so. With such an odd cast of characters it's a little hard to even root for anyone, but it does allow us to open our minds to the reasoning (logical or not) of why people do the things that they do. It's tragic, terrifying as well as tempting to watch the lives of the characters and their actions, choices and reactions to the situations they encounter or create. It pains your heart and makes your mind work so if that is what you want out of a film, its the one for you.
Shannon's Overall View:
I thought it was interesting
I would watch it again, but not over and over again
I'd recommend it to those who enjoy striking dramas
6 min showing 6 commercials, 7 minutes showing 3 previews (The History Boys, Stranger than Fiction, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus)
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