"In the Bedroom" DVD Review/Recommendation
"In the Bedroom" is the story of the Fowler family: Frank (Nick Stahl), a college boy home for vacation; Ruth Fowler (Sissy Spacek), a quiet, semi-detached mother; and Matt (Tom Wilkinson), the more gregarious member of the family and the man who holds them all together as a unit.
Frank develops a relationship with Natalie (Marisa Tomei), an older woman with two sons who recently separated from her abusive husband. Despite his mother's misgivings and a softer, gentler form of advice from his father, Frank and Natalie grow closer. Their relationship ultimately leads to heartache and tragedy and provides the film's disturbingly haunting finale.
"In the Bedroom" is a prime example of a film that makes a case for ensemble cast awards as opposed to individual actor nominations. The onscreen tension between Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson is palpable. Nick Stahl is like a piece of the puzzle fitting into the proper spot as the only child of Wilkinson and Spacek. And Marisa Tomei does a fine job as the older single mother who charms Stahl's character and sets up the film's brutal storyline.
Don't buy "In the Bedroom" on DVD and expect anything other than two hours of gripping entertainment. Once the movie hooks you, you won't care if that's all there is.
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