In the Bedroom

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In the Bedroom is a 2001 American film directed by Todd Field, and dedicated to Andre Dubus, whose short story Killings is the source material on which the screenplay, by Field and Robert Festinger, is based. The film stars Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei and William Mapother.

On its release the film was internationally praised for its direction, script, and performances, possessing a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes,[1] and a 100 percent rating among the "Cream of the Crop" critics.[1] It went on to become the highest grossing non-IMAX film in history to never reach the top 10 in a given week.[2]

With the exception of Napoleon Dynamite, In the Bedroom had the largest box office of any film premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in the last decade.[3]

A.O. Scott included the film in his The New York Times Magazine essay "The most important films of the past decade — and why they mattered."[4]

The film was nominated for the following Academy Awards:




The film is set in Mid-Coast Maine. The story concerns a young man, Frank Fowler (Stahl), who is in love with an older woman with children, Natalie Strout (Tomei). Fowler is applying to graduate school for architecture but contemplating staying in town, working in the fishing industry to be near Natalie. Natalie's ex-husband, Richard Strout (Mapother), whose family owns a local fish-processing and delivery business, is violent and abusive.

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