The story opens in a Maine lobster town where young Matt Fowler, home from college for the summer, has fallen in love with an older divorcee with two children. Although Matt says it's not serious, his parents are worried. And the woman's ex-husband is a violent man.
The title, "In the Bedroom," refers not to torrid love scenes but is slang for "in a lobster trap;" early on we learn that if two male lobsters are "in the bedroom" with a female, the males will tear each other apart. That's the plot, in a nutshell. Tom Wilkerson and Sissy Spacek play Matt's parents; he's good in a stiff-upper-lip way, but she still looks like Carrie to me and didn't ring true. William Mapother ("Ethan" in Lost) is absolutely chilling as the brutal ex-husband.
While the grieving process is honestly portrayed with its silences, recriminations, and desire for revenge, I felt the impact was lessened by the complete lack of background music. The pain that the parents go through just wasn't real enough to really touch me.
Pros: The poetry, I love great poetry, and some scenic shoot of New England. Cons: Everything else in the film. The Bottom Line: Grossly over-hyped film with little life. There might be a story to be told, but youd be hard pressed to stay awake long enough to gleam it meaning. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Stunned silence. Like a bubble enveloping my spouse and I, it floated in … more