Release Date: 12/14/2004 Original Release: 2004 Format: DVD Length: 111 minutes Rating:R (MPAA) Rating Reason: strong sexuality and graphic images, and language UPC: 025192500022 Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Dramas, Coming Of Age, Family Interaction, Tragedy, Theatrical Release, Family (General), Authors, Based On A Novel
Door in the Floor DVD Description
Delicately balancing a young man's coming-of-age with a married couple's experience of trauma and loss, this adaptation of John Irving's A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR compares with THE CIDER HOUSE RULES as a successful and faithful adaptation of the popular author's work. The film details a summer of trial separation between husband and wife Ted (Jeff Bridges) and Marion (Kim Basinger), whose union was shattered by the loss of their two sons. Though they have one remaining daughter (Elle Fanning), Ted--a popular author--hires a greenhorn writing assistant, a young man named Eddie (Jon Foster). Expecting to learn writing from a master, Eddie is little more than a glorified chauffeur for his accomplished idol. However, Eddie receives some useful lessons in manhood from the beautiful yet emotionally distant Marion, as an obsessive crush blossoms into passionate first love. While the family's scenic estate in the Hamptons provides an illusion of contentment, the tension between Ted, Marion, and Eddie only builds. Meanwhile Eddie struggles to understand the reasons for the family's painful disintegration.
The strength of writer-director Tod Williams's adaptation lies in the complexity of its characters, who are given depth by a talented cast that also includes Mimi Rogers. With the narrative unfolding like a mystery, viewers have the refreshing opportunity to unravel the details of this intricate story.
Region 1 Snap Case Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English Dolby Digital 5.1 - French Additional Release Material: Audio Commentary: Tod Williams - Director, Terry Stacey - Director Of Photography, Alfonso Goncalves - Editor, Marcelo Zarvos - Composer, Eric Daman - Costume Designer Featurette: 1. FRAME ON THE WALL 2. NOVEL TO SCREEN, An Interview With John Irving 3. Anatomy Of A Scene
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