Sunday, November 1, 2009


Based on the novel by John Irving
Written and directed by Tod Williams

Jeff Bridges
Kim Basinger
Jon Foster
Elle Fanning

Premiere date: July 14, 2004
R for strong sexuality and graphic images, and language.

Famous children's books author Ted Cole and his beautiful wife Marion's once-great marriage has been strained by tragedy. The Coles lovingly parent their surviving child, bright 4-year-old Ruth, who takes everything in stride as perhaps only a child can. But Marion's equation of love with loss, coupled with Ted's infidelities, points towards a much-needed change in the relationship. That may come in the form of Eddie O'Hare, the young man Ted hires to work as his summer assistant. Eddie idolizes Ted, but Ted's erratic work habits soon leave Eddie to his own devices. Marion becomes an object of desire for Eddie, rekindling in her some surprising emotions as a mother and as a woman. To Eddie's surprise and delight, his yearning is potently reciprocated. As he becomes passionately entwined with the seemingly fragile yet increasingly bold Marion, Eddie comes to realize that, similarly, Ted's surface fecklessness hides something deeper within. As the summer draws to a close, Marion and Ted must make difficult decisions about the future of their family.

National Board of Review
Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking


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