Todd Field’s follow-up to In the Bedroom is based on a novel by Election author Tom Perrotta, and the mixture of satire and straight drama doesn’t sit quite right with Field’s earnest style. Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, and Patrick Wilson engage in some tame suburban version of Shortbus, but after Shortbus, every depiction of sex I’ve seen in the movies seems hollow and fake–and I don’t mean just the physical aspects. Some great moments though–full review forthcoming very soon. NYFF press conference with Todd Field and Kate Winslet was a bit of a letdown. Opens 10/6.

Little Children, Todd Field, 2006. ***

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