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Monday, 28 January, 2002, 18:26 GMT
In the Bedroom: Press views
In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom is well fancied for the Oscars
The British press review In the Bedroom

The Independent

Only once, at the end, does the film waver, and the finely poised drama suddenly lurches into melodrama. You stay with it nevertheless, because it has earned the benefit of the doubt, and the final images of the town at dawn are wonderfully haunting. In The Bedroom, you see, isn't a perfect film. Just a great one.

The Guardian

Todd Field, an experienced actor mostly in independent pictures (he's the louche pianist who inducts Tom Cruise in the orgiastic night-world of Eyes Wide Shut), directs with unobtrusive confidence and gives his actors the time and space to develop their characters.

Spacek and Wilkinson are outstanding, creating a married couple whose quiet, loving intimacy has grown over a couple of decades, but at the price of evading some troubling matters by burying them in work and domestic routine.

The Daily Telegraph

Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson deserve three Oscars each for the raw feeling of their work here, as a married couple in a quiet Maine fishing village facing up to the biggest shock of their lives - and trying to prevent their grief from destroying what's left. This is a debut of tremendous honesty from Todd Field. His unhurried direction allows it to breathe, and opens up space for the acting to ring wordlessly true.

The Times

It seems surreal that a pair of old-stagers such as Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek should be pitching for the big prizes on the back of a modest arthouse dwarf. Yet their gripping performances in Todd Field┐s domestic drama, In the Bedroom, far exceed the humble script. If the raunchy title is wildly misleading, the naked ambition is not. With a Golden Globe (for Best Actress) already bagged, Field┐s slow-burning thriller has a genuine chance of taking an Oscar.

London Evening Standard

The confidence with which Field organises his material is little short of breathtaking, yet there is nothing flashy or exhibitionist about the movie. All the stylistic tropes are buried beneath the surface. It looks simple - the tale of a family tragedy and its consequences - yet its execution and orchestration are sophisticated in the extreme.

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