Field acclaimed 2001 drama, In the Bedroom, is moving on many
levels (both in terms of filmmaking and emotional impact)
and leaves the viewer with much to ponder and remember. Field
presents the film in a mysterious emotional way through rhythmic
pace and symbolic imagery. What it ultimately effects is the
final moments which raises thought-provoking ideas upon the
entire film (while also completely shifting the tone of the
film without an ounce of forced melodrama). There are moments
that are calm and quiet, while exhilarating within a flash.
In the Bedroom is essentially divided into a multiple character-study
and the deteriorating grief of tragedy they are living with.
This is the rhythmic flow that Field has so excellently created
with this film. Of course one of the keys of the dramatic
force is undeniably in the reliance of the performances, which
are top-notch all the way. Field's background began in acting
and his sensible understanding of the dramatic performance
is evident when watching him director these actors (Tom Wilkinson
is particularly outstanding, especially in the previous mentioned
conclusion of the film). This is the type of film that leaves
a greater impact with more thought and with repeat viewings.
I like the enigmatic sense of direction Field gives this otherwise
straight-forward drama (which examines depths of tragic loss,
grief, and anger). In the Bedroom is a powerful film and a
great feature filmmaking debut.