Pop-Up Cinema: The Ice Storm

Pop-Up Cinema: The Ice Storm
Ang Lee, The Ice Storm, 1997 (still)


During November and December, the Zabludowicz Collection screens classic American movies in parallel with Laurel Nakadate's exhibition.
Screenings start at 4pm and are free

Sunday 13 November, 4pm
Dir. Ang Lee

Set in 1973 over the Thanksgiving holidays in a small town in Connecticut, The Ice Storm explores the relationship between two families: the Carvers and the Hoods. Paul Hood (Tobey Maguire) is returning home from school and hopes to lose his virginity to an attractive classmate named Libbets Casey (Katie Holmes). His sister Wendy (Christina Ricci) is obsessed with the Watergate hearings and delights in watching President Nixon going down in flames. Their parents, Ben (Kevin Kline) and Elena (Joan Allen), are a bland WASPy couple whose marriage is stuck in a rut. Ben is having an affair with Janey Carver (Sigourney Weaver) who is in a loveless marriage with Jim (Jamey Sheridan). They have two sons, Mikey (Elijah Wood) and Sandy (Adam Hann-Byrd), oddly off-kilter boys who are becoming increasingly sexually aware with Wendy’s help.

All of their conflicts and problems boil to the surface at a “key party” that the Carvers and Hoods attend during an ice storm. There’s a faint whiff of desperation as all of these conservative WASPs try to be hip swingers. Meanwhile, their children are up to their own subversive activities with unfortunate, tragic consequences.

Running time: 113 min

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