Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Like 'Unfaithful' a few months later, this film takes a short story about violence, and adds a first and second act. It's successful; the ending seems to be a natural progression from the painful domestic drama that preceded it. Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek use precise timing to communicate so much through pauses. Sure, this is a story that's been told a million times, and sure, it's not quite as shocking as it thinks it is, but it's almost exhilarating how perfectly made it is. If you love great dramas, this is not to be missed.

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