The Door in the Floor

Released 2010


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The Door in the Floor

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Tod Williams
The Door in the Floor is a dramatic film directed by Tod Williams that follows a young man as his summer time job working as an assistant to a local children's book author and artist in an exclusive Long Island beach community leads him into the underlying tragedy of his new boss's family as they cope with the accidental death of their two sons. Eddie O'Hare (Jon Foster) did not know much about the Cole family outside that they were rich and temporarily separated with their remaining young daughter Ruth (Elle Fanning) cared for by her nanny Alice (Bijou Phillips). An inspiring writer, he jumps at the chance to work with Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges) though he soon discovers his idol is a drunken womanizer, cheating on his wife Marion (Kim Basinger) with a local woman Evelyn (Mimi Rogers). To make things even more confusing, Eddie begins an affair with the depressed and devastated Marion, who has all but given up on her life, including Ruth. The Door in the Floor is a fascinating look at a snapshot of a summer as a young man watches a family fall apart.moreless

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  • 100

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Surely the best movie yet made from Mr. Irving's fiction. It may even belong in the rarefied company of movies that are better than the books on which they are based.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Bridges turns a two-dimensional image into a presence so vital, so filled with breath and blood, that you uneasily fall in love with his character and abandon all thought of the ar...

  • 90

    Variety David Rooney

    A thoughtful, melancholy story of love, loss, pain, betrayal and the lingering after-effects of tragedy, The Door in the Floor is an intelligent, impeccably acted, unsentimental dr...

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Independent, Sex & Relationships, Family Dramas, Love & Romance