Director: Todd Field
Writer: Todd Field, Robert Festinger (screenplay) & Andre Dubus (story “Killings”)
Type of Indie Film: Drama
Out of 5 Stars (Bad, OK, Good, Great, Awesome): 4
Small town life can be difficult for some because everyone seems to know your business. The 2001 indie drama, “In the Bedroom”, showcases how suffocating life can be and how some decisions can never be undone.
Frank Fowler (Nick Stahl) is a college boy with a heart of gold. Everyone in town loves him because he’s caring, helpful and has well-known parents. The only flaw that they can see is that he’s in a “dead-end” relationship with Natalie Strout (Marisa Tomei), a grown woman with two children and an abusive ex-husband.
His mother (Sissy Spacek) and his father (Tom Wilkinson) don’t approve of the couple, but they know better than to outright deny him the opportunity to see her. When Frank gets accepted into an architect school, things become tense in the house. Then, one day, tragedy strikes the Fowler family and everything changes.
This movie is quietly intense. It was nominated for 5 Oscars and swept the awards ceremonies at various indie film festivals. Spacek is a lioness and shows how a simple gesture can speak volumes. There isn’t much action, but there’s romance, suspense and a glimpse inside the human soul in all its forms.
You can find “In the Bedroom” at any of Tulsa’s local Blockbusters and Family Video stores.
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