"In The Bedroom" Is Released

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 from which the screenplay, by Field and Robert Festinger, is based.

The film stars Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, and William Mapother.

Upon its release the film was internationally praised for its direction, script, and overall good performances by the actors. It went on to become the highest grossing non-IMAX film in history to never reach the top 10 in a given week.

In this perfectly observed, wrenchingly acted drama, Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson are the Fowlers, a middle-class couple living in Camden, a quiet, picturesque Maine fishing town. Their lives are torn apart when their only child, a 21-year-old son, is murdered by his girlfriend's jealous husband. Learning that a legal technicality ensures that the killer will serve only a light sentence, they are beside themselves with grief, anger and mutual recrimination. In exploring the psychological processes of grief and revenge, the profoundly quiet, deeply disturbing film doesn't make a misstep. – Stephen Holden, The New York Times