The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s genre has been chosen by Virginie of The Wonderful World of Cinema and we will be reviewing our favorite Movies Based on Plays.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of July by sending them to email@example.com
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Virginie!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Movies Based on Plays.…
Number of Times Seen – Twice (15 Dec 2010 and 7 Jul 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A couple try to move on with their lives after experiencing the tragedy of losing a child.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after it came out and I was quite interested in revisiting it.
This film does a wonderful job of showing how a tragedy can shatter the way of life of a family and how important it is to try and find a way to persevere.
They seem to show that each person seeks to find way to cope in their own way and sometimes what’s needed is for each to explore those ideas on their own before they can work together on it.
Aaron Eckhart and Nicole Kidman are both superb here as the leads and they are able to give us a clear impression that they feel completely lost since the death of their child.
This film does a great job showing how each of them seeks out new outlets for overcoming their grief.
Each of them choose someone else to befriend and they subsequently learn so much more about their true feelings towards their problems due to these new interactions.
Kidman was nominated for an Oscar for her work in this film as Best Actress.
The dialogue is superbly written and some of the conversations that the characters have are extremely poignant.
This is a great adaptation of a play and works really well on the screen.
This is a film that actually delves into the various ideas of tragedy, healing and the feelings of loss and find a way to keep this film interesting throughout.
Bottom Line – This is a great depiction of how tragedy can affect a couple and how no matter how hard they try, some things need to be explored separately instead of together as a couple. Eckhart and Kidman are both superb in these roles and give us a clear impression that they are lost ever since their son died. Really like the way that they show how each of them befriend other people and begin to spend time with them instead of each other and subsequently learn so much more about their own feelings towards things due to these new interactions. Kidman was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance here. The dialogue is superbly written and some of the conversations are quite poignant. The film delves deep into the ideas of tragedy, healing and the feelings of loss and keeps things interesting throughout. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Aaron Eckhart, he attended a support group meeting for parents who had lost a child – in character. He told his character’s story to the group and was consoled by the group’s members. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes extremely close. Great character study and view of how people deal with tragedy in very different ways.
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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