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:: The Door In The Floor

Despite being an interesting study of characters, “The Door In The Floor” might test the staying power of its audience through 111 minutes. It’s a matter of taste whether you can face up to the two main characters, Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges) and his estranged wife Marion (Kim Basinger), as both portray unsavoury and disturbing personalities.

Ted is a well-known author of children’s books but spends his time drinking, wandering his house scraggily, and painting nudes. Marion isn’t the greatest of mother to her 4-year-old daughter Ruth (Elle Fanning. Her marriage to Ted has been unstable, both not having recovered from the tragic accident that claimed the lives of their sons Tom and Tim. Everything looks like disintegrating.

A young man, Eddie (Jon Foster) is chosen by Ted to be his new assistant. Interestingly though, Eddie becomes infatuated with Marion and she begins to exploit the situation. Eddie’s duties involve becoming almost a surrogate father to the neglected Ruth, helping Ted juggle his local sexual conquests, and then sleeping with Marion twice a day. However, some of the really good scenes involve Ted monitoring Eddie on writing.

Bridges and Basinger are very good. Jeff Bridges always shines in a role that is tortured and shaggy. Kim Basinger has been missing for too long. She shows elements of her previous fine work. Jon Foster, as Eddie, needs more experience in being bale to fulfil an important role. Mimi Rogers and Bijou Phillips have small roles. The film does not have a conventional start or ending, and concludes on a contrived note. Generally, The Door In The Floor is well made and recommended for viewers who are attracted to dark films about those with tragic backgrounds.