The acclaimed director of “In the Bedroom” brings a brand new type of adulterous love and sex tale. This complex tale weaves passion, disillusionment, love, lust, desire, ambivalence. Little Children is an unbelievable masterpiece about what it means to grow up.
The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations.
Echoes of “Madame Bovary” in the American suburbs. Sarah’s in a loveless marriage, long days with her young daughter at the park and the pool, wanting more. Brad is a househusband, married to a flinty documentary filmmaker. Ronnie is just out of prison – two years for indecent exposure – living with his mother; Larry is a retired cop, fixated on driving Ronnie away. Sarah and Brad connect, a respite of adult companionship at the pool. Ronnie and Larry have their demons. Brad should be studying for the bar; Larry misses his job; Ronnie’s mom thinks he needs a girlfriend. Sarah longs to refuse to be trapped in an unhappy life. Where can these tangled paths lead?