Tonight’s Film Pick: The Ice Storm
The Ice Storm, Film Four, Monday 29th September, 9pm
Dir: Ang Lee
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Jamey Sheridan, Elijah Wood
Its 1973 in New Canaan, Connecticut. America is still just recovering from the Vietnam war and the Watergate scandal is escalating. It is a moment marking the end of an era of American history and would later give way to a more cynical 80’s.
The Hoods are suburbanite with a crumbling marriage and children in the confusion of adolescence. Their children, sexually curious Wendy (Christina Ricci) and disconnected Paul (Tobey Maguire) journey towards romantic and sexual discovery even as their parents Ben and Elena (Kevin Kline and Joan Allen) find their marriage breaking under the strain of Ben’s affair with their neighbour (played by Sigourney Weaver).
With intense, nuanced performances from the cast and restrained, knowing direction from Ang Lee, this is both a coming of age film and a delicate exploration of family and suburban life.
Told with an astonishing delicacy, this is a deeply poetic, insightful work from a master director. Do not miss it.