Cinema: The Appeal Of Her Zeal

Marisa Tomei finds redemption in an exquisite film

It's only a week after Thanksgiving, and most of the big Oscar engines are still in the roundhouse, gathering steam for their dash to big-time buzz, grosses and Academy glory--or not. But while everyone hovers about them, you should glance over at that sidetrack where a little engine that may not even think it can is getting a head start to the finish line.

It has a nice steamy title--In the Bedroom--but no particular sexual heat. Todd Field, its first-time feature director, seems never to have looked at, let alone made, a music video. This is a patient movie, carefully studying...

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