The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.
A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
Echoes of "Madame Bovary" in the American suburbs. Sarah's in a loveless marriage to an advertising executive, long days with her young daughter at the park and the pool, wanting more. Brad is an immature househusband, married to a flinty documentary filmmaker. Ronnie is just out of prison - two years for indecent exposure to a minor - living with his elderly mother, May; Larry is a retired cop, fixated on driving Ronnie away. Sarah and Brad connect, a respite of adult companionship at the pool. Ronnie and Larry have their demons. Brad should be studying for the bar; Larry misses his job; Ronnie's mom thinks he needs a girlfriend. Sarah longs to refuse to be trapped in an unhappy life. Where can these tangled paths lead?Written by
The handwriting on the envelope when Ronnie's Mum is writing
her dying note to him differs (twice) from the original shot. It is seen three times: first when she is writing it (the N's are quite distinctive), second when he discovers the note in the case (it is clearly different) and thirdly after he has washed up and sits down to read it (it is different yet again). Also the handwriting on the envelope that Brad writes to Kathy differs between its two appearances. The first shot shows all capitals ("KATHY") while the second shot does not ("Kathy"). See more »
A great adaptation of Perrota's gem of a novel. I enjoyed the book so much that I actually dreaded seeing this film because I was sure that I would be disappointed (as is almost always the case when you read the book first). But I was relieved to find that the film was excellent probably because Perrita was wrote part of the screenplay. I know many hate being "hit over the head" with narration, but I think it adds some strong fabric to the story line. I loved the new ending (so much different than the book) too.
The only big problem I had was the casting of Winslett. She was great of course, but she doesn't pull off the "plain-Jane" that Sara is supposed to be. In fact she is up to par or even prettier than Connelly.
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