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:: In The Bedroom

In The Bedroom studies the appropriateness of human nature when laid against the judicial law of words. An older tempturing woman brings a middle class family into contact with a world of acceptable violence in the name of love. Marisa Tomei plays Natalie Strout, the single mother that develops a relationship with college boy Frank during his summer holiday. Her position as a mother places seriousness on the relationship according to Frank's parents.

Natalie is less educated and of ethnic origin, in an old town on the coast of Maine. She wears skirts and is seen to be good boy's nice piece of meat although his love for her does not occupy the storyline. Her role takes the hit and insult without a call for police. Frank's parents are the focus of this tale of love for their son. Matt Fowler (Tom Wilkinson) is a doctor while Ruth Fowler (Sissy Spacek), a choral music teacher. Their son was in graduating school for architecture and a lobster trawler during the summer. They are a respectable family with close friends of Southern drawl and Florida holidays. Of concern is Frank's relationship with Natalie and they pressure him to end the relationship.

A further development of Matt and Ruth's characters is seen when they deal with the loss of a loved one. Ruth takes up smoking, watches TV and even speaks with a pastor. Matt works through lunch and confides with old friend and war comrade Willis Grinnel. Sanity for this couple is dependent on the institutions of Marlboro and baseball. Pivotal discussion between Matt and Ruth Fowler touches on developed themes of what goes on behind closed doors. A swing and a bandaid are symbols of physical representations of grieving sowed in memory. A sexist exchange from Willis to Matt brings light to an accepted standard of wartime male attitude. Photos and medals of glory days highlight an American cowboy image of taking control of a bad situation. A change in the bedroom lighting in a latter scene brings an Eastwood inspired TV movie tone that is only silenced with the cold reality of blood from a gun.

What is weighed out during the events is the wording of a legal system where law of human action is determined by loopholes, when wording is as specific as divorce, manslaughter, bail and parole. A striking scene highlights a female District Attorney (Terry A. Burgess) as she bears resemblance to a young Sissy Spacek (Carrie).
Look out for a drive by, a deer and coleslaw.

Screening at the Rivoli Cinemas, Cinema Nova, Cinema Europa and Brighton Bay Cinema