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In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
is a 2001 American crime drama film directed by Todd Field, and dedicated to Andre Dubus, whose short story "Killings" is the source material on which the screenplay, by Field and Robert Festinger, is based. The film stars Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, and William Mapother. The title refers to the rear compartment of a lobster trap known as the "bedroom" and the fact that it can only hold up to two lobsters before they begin to turn on each other.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Reception

3.1 Critical reception 3.2 Sundance 3.3 Box office 3.4 Accolades

4 Film archives 5 References 6 External links

Plot[edit] The film is set in the Mid-Coast town of Camden, Maine. Matt (Tom Wilkinson) and Ruth Fowler (Sissy Spacek) enjoy a happy marriage and a good relationship with their son Frank (Nick Stahl), a recent college graduate who has come home for the summer. Frank has fallen in love with an older woman with children, Natalie Strout (Marisa Tomei). Frank is about to begin post graduate school for architecture, but is having second thoughts and considering staying in town to continue working as a fisherman and, more important, to be near Natalie. Natalie's ex-husband, Richard Strout (William Mapother), tries to find a way into his ex-wife and children's lives, going to increasingly violent lengths to get his intentions across to Natalie. Ruth is openly concerned about Frank's relationship with Natalie, while Matt thinks it is only a fling. Midway through the film, Richard kills Frank during a confrontation at Natalie's house following a domestic dispute. Though equally devastated, Matt and Ruth grieve in different ways, with Matt putting on a brave face while Ruth becomes reclusive and quiet. Richard is set free on bail, paid by his well-to-do family, and both Matt and Ruth are forced to see Richard around town. The tension between Matt and Ruth increases when they learn that the lack of an eyewitness to Frank's shooting means Richard will instead be charged with accidental manslaughter. An argument erupts between the couple in which each one confronts the other. With the air cleared, the couple is finally able to find common ground in their grief. Matt then abducts and kills Richard. He and a friend bury the body on the friend's wooded property. Matt returns home to Ruth, who is awake and smoking in bed. She asks him, "Did you do it?" Matt appears troubled and unresponsive. He climbs into bed and then turns away from her. Finally, Ruth gets up to make coffee. Matt rolls over onto his back and pulls a band-aid from a finger he injured hauling traps. Ruth calls from the kitchen, "Matt, do you want coffee?" Matt doesn't answer. Cast[edit]

Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
as Matt Fowler Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
as Ruth Fowler Nick Stahl
Nick Stahl
as Frank Fowler Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei
as Natalie Strout William Mapother as Richard Strout Celia Weston as Katie Grinnel Karen Allen
Karen Allen
as Marla Keyes William Wise as Willis Grinnel Justin Ashforth as Tim Bryson Camden Munson as Jason Strout Frank T. Wells as Henry

Reception[edit] Critical reception[edit]

Wilkinson and Spacek in Field's In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
(2001).

Upon its release, the film received positive responses for its direction, script, and performances (notably Wilkinson and Spacek), garnering a 93% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes
Rotten Tomatoes
based on 137 reviews with an average score of 7.9/10. The site's consensus states "Expertly crafted and performed, In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
is a quietly wrenching portrayal of grief."[2] David Edelstein of Slate Magazine
Slate Magazine
wrote on his review that it is the "best movie of the last several years" and described it "the most evocative, the most mysterious, the most inconsolably devastating" film. He further mentioned that the effect of the film "isn't over when you leave the theater" and that it's "always going to be there". He also called In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
a "masterpiece".[3] Neil Norman of The Evening Standard
The Evening Standard
stated that "...Field has not only studied the masters of cinematic understatement, such as Ozu and Bergman, but that he fully understands their processes... Field's achievement is such a perfectly consummated marriage of intent and execution that he need never make another movie. I would not be alone, I think, in hoping he will make many more."[4] William Arnold of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
compared Field's direction to Kubrick's, saying that it "manages to feel both highly controlled and effortlessly spontaneous at the same time; and his lifting of the facade of this picturesque, Norman Rockwell setting is carried out with surgical precision". He further mentioned that "like Kubrick, Field doesn't make any moral judgments about his characters, and his film remains stubbornly enigmatic. It can be read as a high-class revenge thriller, an ode to the futility of vengeance or almost anything in between."[5] Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
of the Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
stated on his review that it is "one of the best-directed films of the year" and that "every performance has a perfect tone".[6] He listed In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
as his third best film of the year 2001.[7] Rolling Stones' Peter Travers
Peter Travers
called the film "an uncommonly good movie" that "will hit you hard." He also mentioned that "Oscar would be a fool" if it ignores Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
and Tom Wilkinson's "career-crowning performances".[8] A. O. Scott
A. O. Scott
included the film in his New York Times essay "The most important films of the past decade — and why they mattered."[9] In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
was also chosen by the New York Times Film Critics for their "Best 1,000 Films of All Time." [10] Among the negative reviews of the film include Paul Tatara of the CNN mentioning that the film "flounders" despite the good performances.[11] Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post
The Washington Post
said "it opens brilliantly" but goes on to "self-negating absurdity." Sundance[edit] In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
was the first official Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
film to get an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture including three more nominations for acting and an adapted screenplay nomination. It received the most nominations of any film that premiered at Sundance until Precious in 2009.[12] Box office[edit] In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
was the second highest-grossing film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
from 2000 to 2009, after Napoleon Dynamite.[13] The film grossed a worldwide total of $43,368,779.[14] It went on to become, at-the-time, the highest-grossing non- IMAX
IMAX
film in history never to reach the top 10 in a given week, and also one of the most successful films in history, with an expense-to-profit ratio of 1:25.[15] Accolades[edit]

Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome

Academy Awards Best Picture Graham Leader, Ross Katz
Ross Katz
and Todd Field Nominated

Best Actor Tom Wilkinson Nominated

Best Actress Sissy Spacek Nominated

Best Adapted Screenplay Robert Festinger and Todd Field Nominated

Best Supporting Actress Marisa Tomei Nominated

American Film Institute
American Film Institute
Awards Top 10 Films Graham Leader, Ross Katz, Todd Field Won

Actor of the Year Tom Wilkinson Nominated

Actress of the Year Sissy Spacek Won

BAFTA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Tom Wilkinson Nominated

Best Actress in a Leading Role Sissy Spacek Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Film Graham Leader, Ross Katz, Todd Field Nominated

Best Actress Sissy Spacek Won

Best Supporting Actress Marisa Tomei Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Film Graham Leader, Ross Katz, Todd Field Nominated

Best Actor Tom Wilkinson Nominated

Best Actress Sissy Spacek Nominated

Best Supporting Actress Marisa Tomei Nominated

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Sissy Spacek Won

Best Supporting Actress Marisa Tomei Won

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Sissy Spacek Won

Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture - Drama Graham Leader, Ross Katz, Todd Field Nominated

Best Actress - Motion Picture, Drama Sissy Spacek Won

Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Marisa Tomei Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Todd Field Won

Best Male Lead Tom Wilkinson Won

Best Female Lead Sissy Spacek Won

Best Screenplay Robert Festinger and Todd Field Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Film Graham Leader, Ross Katz, Todd Field Won

Best Actress Sissy Spacek Won

National Board of Review Awards Best Director Todd Field Won

Best Screenplay Robert Festinger and Todd Field Won

New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best First Film Todd Field Won

Best Actor Tom Wilkinson Won

Best Actress Sissy Spacek Won

Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Film Graham Leader, Ross Katz, Todd Field Nominated

Best Director Todd Field Nominated

Best Actor Tom Wilkinson Nominated

Best Actress Sissy Spacek Nominated

Best Supporting Actress Marisa Tomei Nominated

Best Screenplay - Adapted Robert Festinger and Todd Field Nominated

Best Breakthrough Filmmaker Todd Field Nominated

Satellite Awards Best Film - Drama Graham Leader, Ross Katz, Todd Field Won

Best Actress - Drama Sissy Spacek Won

Best Supporting Actress - Drama Marisa Tomei Nominated

Best Screenplay - Adapted Robert Festinger and Todd Field Won

Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Tom Wilkinson Nominated

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Sissy Spacek Nominated

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture William Mapother, Sissy Spacek, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, Celia Weston, Tom Wilkinson, William Wise Nominated

Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Sissy Spacek Won

Best Supporting Actress Marisa Tomei Won

Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
Awards Special
Special
Jury Prize - Dramatic Acting Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
and Tom Wilkinson Won

USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award Robert Festinger and Todd Field
Todd Field
(screenwriters) and Andre Dubus (author) Won

Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress Sissy Spacek Won

Film archives[edit] A 35mm safety print is housed in the permanent collection of the UCLA Film & Television Archive[16] References[edit]

^ a b " In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
(2001) - Box Office Mojo". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017.  ^ "In the Bedroom". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-09-04.  ^ Edelstein, David (23 November 2001). "In the Thrall". Slate Magazine.  ^ Norman, Neil (January 24, 2002). "A fatal summer affair". The Evening Standard.  ^ Arnold, William (25 December 2001). "Pulling Back the Covers on an Idyllic Life". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  ^ Ebert, Roger. "In the Bedroom". Rogerebert.com. Retrieved 25 February 2014.  ^ Ebert, Roger. " Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Top 10 List". Alumnus.caltech.edu. Retrieved 25 February 2014.  ^ Travers, Peter. "In the Bedroom". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 February 2014.  ^ Scott, A. O. (12 November 2009). "Screen Memories". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017.  ^ "NYT In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
Overview". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-08-22.  ^ Tatara, Paul. "'Bedroom' well-performed, but severe Dreadful atmosphere". Cnn.com. Retrieved 25 February 2014.  ^ Turitz, Neil. "Sundance at the Oscars". Studio System News. Retrieved 18 February 2014.  ^ "Ten Grossers At Sundance this Decade". Indiewire.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017.  ^ In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
at Box Office Mojo ^ "Top Grossing Movies That Never Hit the Top 10 at the Box Office". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017.  ^ "'In the Bedroom' UCLA Film Archives". UCLA Film and Television Archive. June 25, 2002. 

External links[edit]

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at AllMovie In the Bedroom
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at Rotten Tomatoes In the Bedroom
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at Metacritic

Publications

'In the Bedroom' Without Frills – 9 August 2002, New York Times

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Films directed by Todd Field

Features

In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
(2001) Little Children (2006)

Shorts

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Satellite Award for Best Film

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Evita (1996) As Good as It Gets
As Good as It Gets
(1997) Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love
(1998) Being John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich
(1999) Nurse Betty
Nurse Betty
(2000) Moulin Rouge! (2001) My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
(2002) Lost in Translation (2003) Sideways
Sideways
(2004) Walk the Line
Walk the Line
(2005) Dreamgirls (2006) Juno (2007) Happy-Go-Lucky
Happy-Go-Lucky
(2008) Nine (2009)

Motion Picture Drama (1996–2009, retired)

Fargo (1996) Titanic (1997) The Thin Red Line (1998) The Insider (1999) Traffic (2000) In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
(2001) Far from Heaven
Far from Heaven
(2002) In America (2003) Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda
(2004) Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
(2005) The Departed (2006) No Country for Old Men (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
(2009)

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The Social Network
The Social Network
(2010) The Descendants
The Descendants
(2011) Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook
(2012) 12 Years a Slave (2013) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Spotlight (2015) La La Land / Manchester by the Sea (2016) God's Own Country / Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mis

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