I guess we really should have had another child...
Set in a small fishing town on the American east coast, this film deals with the effect of the tragic loss of a child. A middle-aged couple has high hopes for their only son, expecting him to become an architect. He, however, has fallen in love with a married-but-separated woman with two little kids. Her husband, son of the local industrialist, does not take kindly to her new love, and things take a dramatic turn. When the court case proves disappointing, the tension between the parents forces them to face some hidden truths about themselves. It is difficult to summarise this film without revealing too much. Rest assured that it features fine performances, and is best suited to a mature audience -- youngsters are likely to be bored.
Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, William Mapother, William Wise, Celia Weston, Karen Allen, Frank T. Wells, W. Clapham Murray, Justin Ashforth
Robert Festinger, Todd Field, from a story by Andre Dubus
Good Machine, Standard Film Company Inc.
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Average .. 73%
Ian Douglas: While the film features great performances from the two leads, and the script demands a certain level of intelligence from the viewer, I found it somehow emotionally lacking. Since there is a lot of emphasis on the reactions of the characters, and how they dealt with the tragedy, it sometimes feels as if the film is moving slowly, while in fact lots of things happen off-screen and off-script. Probably really best suited to an older audience, even older than me...