New Line/Bona Fide/Standard (Todd Field, Albert Berger &
W: Todd Field & Tom Perrotta [based on the novel by Tom
DP: Antonio Calvache
Ed: Leo Trombetta
Mus: Thomas Newman
Kate Winslet (Sarah Pierce), Patrick Wilson (Brad
Adamson), Jennifer Connelly (Kathy Adamson), Jackie Earle Haley (Ronnie McGorvey), Noah Emmerich (Larry Hedges)
Figuratively speaking, Little Children is a modernisation of
Flaubert's literary classic Madame Bovary, relocated from 18th Century France to the leafy, picket fence suburbs of modern day Boston, Massachusetts.
Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson star as two adulterous
parents, unhappy in their respective marriages, who embark on an affair. Meanwhile, their idyllic small town is rattled when it emerges that paedophile lives amongst them, himself trying to put
his murky past behind him and move on with his life, but a disgraced ex-cop doesn't want to let sleeping dogs lie.
This intricate drama uncovers the deep layers which a small
suburban community might have in a more tasteful and easier to watch way than the way David Lynch may have approached similar material (Blue Velvet, for example) and I found it to have a little
influence from Robert Altman's Short Cuts with its execution.
The performances of the ensemble cast are all excellent,
particularly Kate Winslet and Jackie Earle Haley (both of whom received Oscar nominations), but the film itself wasn't as good as it could have been, and was definitely hampered by an awful
Desperate Housewives-esque narration by Will Lyman which I found to be more intrusive than it was informative.