The Ice Storm 1997
R | 1h 52min | Drama | 26 November 1997 (USA)
In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband’s lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. And young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends’ parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century. Things get bad…
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for sexuality and drug use, including scenes involving children, and for language
I went to see this film with one of my friends, in a cinema I had never been to before. It was one of those rare and delightful experiences where you are the only people in the theatre. No one around to distract you. No kids munching on crisps, or couples quietly muttering sweet nothings, or idiots trying to tell the characters what to do. It was great.
The film was just brilliant. It really nearly broke my heart. Every performance is perfect. The direction by Ang Lee is deliberate and painful as he slices into you with the lives of those he makes you watch. It looks amazing, in a beautifully bleak way. It is also one the most compelling and painful movies that I have ever come across. The family life portrayed is messed up and all the relationships that are displayed are disfunctional on some level or other. But still I was forced to care for them – all of them. Such is the brilliance of the acting and the script writing.
I own this film, but I can’t watch it alot. Once a year is just enough. It’s to traumatic and beautiful to watch more than that.
Director: Ang Lee
Writers: Rick Moody (novel), James Schamus
Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver
Release Date: 26 November 1997 (USA)
Filming Locations: 581 Laurel Rd, New Canaan, Connecticut, USA