The Door in the Floor (7/10)
2004 by Tony Medley
Ted and Marion Cole (Jeff
Bridges and Kim Basinger) have a troubled marriage. Enter Eddie OíHare
(Jon Foster), hired by Ted, a writer of childrenís books, as a summer
intern at their home in the Hamptons. Eddieís sexually inexperienced and
infatuated with Marion, who seduces him. Ted is strangely unresponsive,
even though heís aware of whatís going on, as heís having his affairs
with his models (heís also a painter). The acting is superb throughout,
and as good as any of the others is five-year-old Elle Fanning, who
plays Ted and Marionís daughter, Ruth.
Based on a John Irving novel
(Widow for a Year), written and directed by Tod Williams, this is
a slow but involving tale. Even though itís slow, my attention never
flagged. The thing that surprised me is that itís an American movie.
This is the kind of film one usually associates with the French and
subtitles. The cinematography (Terry Stacey) of The Hamptons is
incomparable and adds immeasurably to the ambience of the film.
There are obviously reasons for the behavior of Ted and Marion and
eventually we learn them, leading to a thought-provoking ending.
August 14, 2004