The Door in the Floor (2004)
USA / English
"The most dangerous secrets are the ones we're afraid to tell ourselves.
"A writer's young assistant becomes both pawn and catalyst in his boss' disintegrating household.
A Wrenching Tragedy Shatters A Happy Marriage
This well-acted tragedy pulls us through an exploration of the complexities
of love in both the darkest and brightest corridors. Adapted from John
Irving's best-selling novel, `A Widow For One Year', the film carefully
weaves its way through the painful and tragic aftermath of a deadly
accident, alternating between comedy and disaster.
The setting is in the privileged beach community of East Hampton on Long
Island, New York where our hero, a children's book author, Ted Cole (Jeff
Bridges) resides with his beautiful wife Marion (Kim Bassinger). Once upon
a time, they had a happy marriage until the bliss was shattered by the
accidental death of their two sons. The aftermath resulted in a general
despondency and bizarre infidelities that did little to assuage the pain and
dysfunction of their deteriorating relationship. The remnants of a once
great love are hinted at in almost every scene, although alas are clouded
over by their inability to regroup to face the future and put away the
Eddie O'Hare, (Jon Foster) the college junior Ted hired to work as his
summer assistant and protégé, becomes the couple's unwitting, yet willing
pawn, who ultimately evolves into the catalyst in the transformation of
their bitter lives. Ted's recent children's book, `The Door In The Floor'
in due course becomes the surviving metaphor for transforming their lives.
The evolving story seems to beg for something really horrific to happen, yet
offers a kind of relief when this fear is unrealized. One senses that if
this couple had only handled their loss differently, a far better result
would have followed. It is also a poignant tale of a young boy's rite of
passage becoming a man and another man sinking into an emotional immaturity
and then hopefully climbing back out.
Directed and written by Tod Williams, this tale is quite apart from the
usual Hollywood drivel that may leave you mired in an introspective quandary
for quite some time.
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