"The women at the children's playground call him 'Prom King,' the shining winner of the prom. Yet they all seem as if their high school days have been behind them for quite a while - all the more devotedly, with a mixture of inappropriate coquetry and feigned old maid charm, they occupy themselves with the only father on site. Only Sarah (Kate Winslet) stands out from this group around order fanatic and planning genius Mary-Anne (Phyllis Sommerville). Through the children, she breaks the distance with the athletic young Brad (Patrick Wilson). A silly prank she plays on the rest of the motherly playground staff turns serious."
Sascha Keilholz, critic.de, 10.04.2007
"Played true to life by Kate Winslet, Sarah Pierce endearingly awakens the reminder that adults, too, lust after aspirations and have the right to hope for more from life than financial prosperity. This is potentiated in the midst of a literary round in which Sarah discusses Gustave Flaubert's novel 'Madame Bovary,' with the ideologically most famous relative as her heroine."
Tomasz Kurianowicz, kino-zeit.de.
"An ironic-critical examination of the 'American way of life' with various staging finesses that is captivating above all in terms of acting. The portrait of a woman who wants to find herself once again condenses (...) into a coherent image of society."
Encyclopedia of International Film
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137 min. color. 35 mm. E/d/f
Directed by Todd Field
Screenplay: Todd Field, Tom Perrotta
Cinematography: Antonio Calvache
Editing: Leo Trombetta
Music: Thomas Newman
Starring: Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Sadie Goldstein, Jennifer Connelly
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