Wednesday
04
Apr
7.45pm
Back Little Children
 
Wed
04
Apr
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Wednesday, 04 April 2012 at 7.45pm
Kate Winslet season
  • Black comedy drama
  • 2006
  • United States
  • Colour
  • 131 mins.
 
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With his debut feature, In the Bedroom, director Todd Field explored the darker side of middle-class suburban angst, and he's still in the same territory for this follow-up. The setting is a tight-knit American community, into which convicted sex criminal Ronald McGorvey (an extraordinary turn by Jackie Earle Haley) has been released. He fades into the background quickly, as we're soon introduced to Sarah (Kate Winslet), a married mother who becomes fascinated with a charming - and equally married - father (Patrick Wilson) at the local playground. Passions flare, but before you can say "American Beauty" McGorvey bubbles back to the surface as the stories mesh together, leading to an implausible finale that's not quite as profound as it thinks it is.

Damon Wise, Radio Times Film Guide 2006



Director:

 
Todd Field

Screenplay:

 
Todd Field, Tom Perrotta, from the novel by Perrottaa

Cast:

 
KATE WINSLET, Sarah Pierce; JENNIFER CONNELLY, Kathy Adamson; PATRICK WILSON, Brad Adamson; JACKIE EARLE HALEY, Ronald James McGorvey; NOAH EMMERICH, Larry Hedges; GREGG EDELMAN, Richard Pierce; PHYLLIS SOMERVILLE, May McGorvey; RAYMOND J BARRY, Bullhorn Bob; JANE ADAMS, Sheila
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