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IN THE BEDROOM

A couple's serenity is brutally shattered when their son, a sweet-natured college student, has a dangerous affair with a married woman.

(In stores on 8-13)

CAST: Sissy Spacek,Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, William Mapother, William Wise, Celia Weston, Karen Allen, Frank T. Wells, W. Clapham Murray, Justin Ashforth, Terry A. Burgess

DIRECTOR: Todd Field



"...when a film as profoundly quiet as 'In the Bedroom' comes along, it feels almost miraculous, as if a shimmering piece of art had slipped below the radar and through the minefield of commerce...Its portrait of grief, rage, jealousy, flawed justice and revenge in a Maine lobstering town zeroes in on its characters' tragic flaws, yet refuses to condemn them. It reminds us that, like it or not, the capacity to commit a crime of passion is part of being human...It is one of Ms. Spacek's greatest performances. Mr. Wilkinson's shambling New England doctor is so quintessentially American in look and manner that you'd never guess he was a British Shakespearean actor. Ms. Tomei's ruined, sorrowful Natalie is easily her finest screen role." --Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"The uncoagulated anguish of parents mourning the death of a child has rarely been more powerfully depicted than in the collected vignettes of grief, rage, and retribution that make up the riveting domestic drama 'In the Bedroom.'" --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"An unadorned, unflinching film about fierce and terrifying passions, 'Bedroom' uses exceptional acting from Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, Marisa Tomei and others to tell a story of anger and grief, of grappling with the unthinkable. It's a wrenching narrative, but because it's told with quiet sureness, with emotions and personalities that ring true, it pulls us in and does not let go...With performances that will raise the hairs on the back of your head, it's a film that knows the private geography of love, grief and obsession." --Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"The narrative has all the contours of a classic revenge fantasy, but until the end we're too caught up in the human details and psychological nuances to register its inevitability...It's rare to see a movie that serves acting in this way, without a lot of hocus-pocus camerawork and overwrought close-ups. Field keeps his distance from the players, allowing them to work up their dramatic moments in what resembles real time. They seem like actual, flawed human beings, and their fate matters to us." --Peter Rainer, New York

"... a wrenching family drama that is one of the best films of the year...'In the Bedroom' may be too nuanced for audiences who've been spoon-fed Hollywood storytelling, and there's neither humor nor irony to soften the blows, but filmmaking this skillful is a pleasure unto itself." --Joe Williams, St. Louis Post Dispatch