A young man falls off a roof and crashes into a table splintering it we hear later that he has several broken bones. This movie was really one of a kind, and I recommend it to anybody over 18, who can tolerate language and sexuality. Kline and Christensen give terrific, heartfelt performances, both together and separately, as two people in lonely pain who find each other. And he's going to strong-arm his troubled son, Sam Hayden Chistensen — a sullen teenager who's been living with his mother, Robin Kristin Scott Thomas , and her emotionally remote husband, Peter Jamey Sheridan , since his parents' divorce ten years earlier — into helping. People make mistakes, show emotions, make love, care, hate, and take drugs. Yep, I cried into my popcorn. So dismal you'll wish you were at home re-grouting your bathroom.
Russell Three Kings , not Irwin Winkler The Net. And as competently good as Kline's and Christensen's performances are, and I believe Christensen is a real find , they're overrun by poorly-timed, heart-tugging music, and choppy direction will somebody please stop the overuse of slow-motion!? His acting performance was without any doubt the most outstanding performance of the whole movie. The pair begins to connect in the cathartic act of taking sledgehammers to the walls of the old house. Initially, George presents with the characteristic symptoms of depression including social isolation, anhedonia, guilt, and he appears quite disheveled. What could this be about? Sam smokes marijuana which George discovers and flushes, causing Sam to become irate. And the Desire to know more and see more.
He has been able to completely change his behavior by building relationships with his parents. There is no nudity, save a rear-end at the beginning. He smashed all of the model houses that he had built during his tenure with the firm. He'd better not go down the road of Kevin Kline's teenage kid or I'll kill him! The great notion is to literally make a metaphor of a spatial structure. I happen not to have a god to thank for the good times, nor to blame for the bad. George doesn't know all this and wants to have a good relationship with his son, by building a new house with Sam. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and believe that it is the finest film of the year, albeit a real sleeper among the general public.
She and George begin to spend more time together and slowly rebuild their relationship. Its story is piercingly poignant, sometimes depraved, and unbearably sad. The aforementioned girl next door -- played by the suddenly grown up and alluring -- uses Sam as a test subject for her budding sexuality, telling him he can shower at her house there's no bath in George's garage , then jumping right in with him. The underlying theme of the redemptive power of unconditional love is excellent and will have most of the women and several of the guys leaving the theater weepy. If Dad was distant, neglectful, hostile, so is God, and the world is bleak and uncertain.
He has been building model houses for an architect firm for twenty years. George passes away shortly after, but Sam and his family and friends finish building the house. Not only do the actors play wonderfully, but the storyline of the movie is exquisite! And the brief scene of a potentially life threatening masturbatory practice was also disturbing, though I guess included to show how messed up the teenage son was. That Robin will want to share the experience with Sam and her two young children by the second marriage , and will recall her early love for George. Not right away, of course.
Sam even calls the City Inspector on his father as payback, hoping to cease building in order to let him go to Lake Tahoe with his friends so he can drink and party. They bond against the backdrop of fiery sunsets and clunky symbolism; we cover our mouths to stifle yawns and vomit. The thing that surprised me the most, was the acting. All issues are resolved easily and predictably. Whatever your personal situation is, it will fall somewhere within the emotional arc Winkler creates here; and if it doesn't now, it will eventually. But other characters are little more than narrative devices used to develop a coincidence-filled subplot Winkler seems to feel is necessary for additional tension.
He shows us the way. Faculty Perspective Life As A House is a 2001 film, directed by Irwin Winkler, that follows the dysfunctional life of a broken family. Sam has a bad life, he is a drug addict, is a prostitute and doesn't give anything about his parents. Whether it is George and Robin we like, or Kline and Thomas, is beside the point--the characters and actors amount to the same thing. There is a lot of heartache out there. Some episodes in the movie seem especially contrived.
Christensen who plays Anakin Skywalker in completely submerges himself in his character's all-encompassing hostility, then looks within the kid's embittered soul to find an ember of devotion to his dad. A man throws his son back on a bed and shakes him by the shoulders while yelling at him. A man walks out of his house to a cliff in his underwear and urinates over the edge we hear the trickle ; a young woman watches the man with interest. Besides Kline and Christensen, there's also Kristin Scott Thomas The English Patient , Jena Malone Donnie Darko and Mary Steenbergen Philadelphia. You Will Truly be left with a feeling of Supreme satisfaction and Dazzlement at how the film played out before your eyes.
He is saved by Kline in most scenes. After a meeting with his ex-wife, Robin, George brings Sam to his beachside shack. Her and Kline make quite the on-screen pair. The benefit Sam has received from spending time with George and Robin is obvious. Watch this movie for Kevin. Here, it allows the house to be transparent, directly supporting the metaphor.
After 20 years spent designing painstakingly precise architectural models for the same firm, George Monroe Kevin Kline is handed a hefty severance package and his walking papers. It is a terrific movie that deals with very real problems in life and the miracle of Change. These films usually star Robin Williams or, in a disturbing new trend, the formerly interesting Kevin Spacey, and the Meaning of Life usually consists of spending more time with the family, romping in the surf with golden retrievers, and appreciating sunsets. During this time, Robin brings George and Sam lunch every day and assesses the progress on the house. It will be life to their soul — and to yours. As predictable as this film is, it moved me in many ways.