Monday, August 14, 2006

The Door in The Floor

The Door in The Floor made a stir when it came out because of it's depiction of an adult woman's (Kim Basinger) sexual relationship with a high school boy. I suppose that's one way to look at it, but it misses the point.
I love this movie, it reminds me of In the Bedroom and Ordinary People - films that depict adults dealing for better or worse with the effects of tragedy. In this case Marion and Ted Cole, Basinger and Jeff Bridges, both never better, deal with life and each other long after suffering the loss of two children. Ted is a drunk bastard, Marion an emotional basket case. They are separated with a young daughter. Ted brings a bright, young Exeter boy Eddie (Jon Foster) in to their home as intern, ostensibly to help with his writing. Eddie is the catalyst to so much more. He went for an education about writing, he ended up with something to write about. You should see this movie. Pay attention to Ted's instructions to Eddie about Squash. Enjoy Basinger and Bridges performances which I think are their best work ever. Check out the trailer.

1 comment:

Dexter said...

I always thought Bridges performance in Fearless was his best but I will check this out. As for Basinger, Oscar aside, it would not take much for her to exceed any of her previous efforts.