The Door in the Floor

2004

Action / Comedy / Drama

37
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 14836

Synopsis


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Director

Cast

Elle Fanning as Ruth Cole
Kim Basinger as Marion Cole
Jeff Bridges as Ted Cole
Mimi Rogers as Evelyn Vaughn
720p.BLU
700.63 MB
1280*720
English
R
24.000 fps
1hr 51 min
P/S 6 / 16

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by fha-2 8 / 10

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 past.

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.

Reviewed by Parker Lewis 9 / 10

Thought provoking and emotional

The Door in the Floor is very thought provoking and quite emotional and really is gut wrenching. There are several sub-plots and one feature is the affair between Marion Cole (played by the beautiful Kim Basinger) an Eddie O'Hare (played by Jon Foster) which went against typical movie norms. Traditionally, when the male seduces the female, the male is often older, or at least the actor is much older than the actress (e.g. Basic Instinct, Don't Look Now) but here Kim Basinger is 30 years older than Jon Foster, and kudos to the production team for not shying away from this.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

quietly suffering

Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges) is a famous writer but his marriage to Marion (Kim Basinger) is in major difficulties after suffering a tragedy. They live in a northeast beach community with their daughter Ruth (Elle Fanning). Alice (Bijou Phillips) is the nanny. Eddie O'Hare (Jon Foster) arrives to be an intern for Ted and quickly has an affair out in the open with Marion. Ted has his own affair with his sketch model Evelyn Vaughn (Mimi Rogers).

This is a family quietly suffering. I guess that's the point of the movie. It's like sharing in their unresolved issues. I don't really connect with any of the characters. Everything is muted. The emotions are bubbling under the surface most of the time. I appreciate this movie for what it is but there isn't much enjoyment in it.

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