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Plot: After decades of happy marriage and a life surrounded by luxury and wealth, Wayne Hayes (Robert Redford), a successful car-rental businessman and his loving wife Eileen (Dame Helen Mirren), are looking forward to a tranquil and comfortable retirement. However, the dreams of a peaceful life comes… Runtime: 95 min Release Date: 16 Jul 2004
This was, hands down, the biggest surprise of a film that I have encountered in a very long time. I had to watch this film twice to fully understand and appreciate the value placed behind it. The Clearing was one of those films that didn't do well at the box-office, so people didn't bother seeing it when it was released on video. I must admit, I was one of them. I thought Redford and Dafoe doing another classic kidnapping film would be just another canister in the Hollywood recycling bin, but I was wrong actually, I was dead wrong. This film brought more than just a kidnapping <more>
caper to the table, it brought some family drama, the unbreakable bond between husband and wife, and the idea of the American Dream as told by two ends of the spectrum. I can see why this film didn't do well with the brainwashed by action/adventure crowd, because there actually needed to be some thinking involved to truly appreciate this captivating film.To begin, this is not a linear story. I loved this. It kept me guessing throughout the entire film as to what was happening to Redford's character while the drama at home continued to build. Here we have the events happening to Redford going on in real time and how the pressures of the immediate threat are being handled, but then you have the family struggle, which is taking place over several days to show how easily something like this can devastate and ravish a family. This also allowed us to become more emotionally attached to Redford's family as well as to Redford himself. Strangely, I found myself equally attached to Willem Dafoe's character due to my experience living in the middle of the income line. There seemed to be some honesty and truth in the banter between Redford and Dafoe that I honestly never saw coming. Here we had two humans out in nature discussing life and death as if this was their final moments on the planet. We had front row seats with the ability to hear how these two grown men handled the stress of their day to day activities, and how we could somehow relate.This was a film about relating, about understanding the pressures that these individual people were experiencing. Redford was perfect, as this tired father who lusts for life, but just doesn't quite show it until the final moments are settling in. Dafoe should have won an Oscar for his role in this film as a very humble kidnapper who takes pride in what he is doing as well as does it with the highest amount of kindness in his heart. He does it for his wife. This brings a smile on my face to say, but this is a film about wives. Each of these men are going through life to ensure that their wife stays happy and in love with them. Dafoe thinks it can happen by having enough money so his wife will not work, Redford sees it too late and reminds his wife of a happy time in their marriage. It is sad, from one married man to another it is a very personal and touching story about the woman that is your soul mate. Then, as if director Pieter Jan Brugge, didn't stab our hearts enough, he gives us this expanded look at Redford's family and the inner struggles they are facing with not knowing if their father is alive.What is so interesting about this is that before this event took place, there was not much of a family dynamic going on in Redford's house. They were stale, and strangely this horrific event brought them closer together than imagined. We get to see the unparalleled emotion behind Helen Mirren that I have not seen in a very long time. If she would not have done this film than Charlotte Rampling would have equally been as good in fact, I kept thinking of her in this role and how skilled she would have been. Don't get me wrong, Mirren was perfect, but Rampling would have been perfection.Add to this mix some beautiful cinematography that adds to both the tension and beauty of the story. Some of the scenes with Dafoe and Redford in the woods were so crisp and bold that I thought I was right there in the woods with them. The way that Pieter Jan Brugge doesn't keep the camera directly on our actors just builds more tension and more excitement along the way. I thought this was a brilliant film that should have received more attention than what was given to it. I realize that some will find it slow and methodical, but I found it this stunning portrait of the American family and American dream bundled up in the strangest of forms, a kidnapping film. There was definitely some creativity at work here, and the final product shows us that! Grade: ***** out of *****
The Clearing is a beautifully acted and engrossing story of a marriage. The plot has suspense and aspects of a "thriller," but this is the story of a relationship. Helen Mirren is Oscar worthy as the wife, using every subtlety and nuance of expression one might imagine to create a haunting character. Redford is also excellent, boyish yet not afraid to show his age. Willem Dafoe is remarkably understated and creates a "villain" who is both chilling and sympathetic. I heartily recommend this film to all those who are willing to commit to a real story, free of bathroom humor <more>
or special effects. You won't find a better way to spend an hour and a half.
Either some paid reviewers didn't really see this film or they're being paid by big studios to trash it... This film is a small jewel of beautiful acting and great writing. That the audience has to actually listen to dialog might be a turn-off to the masses but I was totally involved in every minute... The acting was subtle and seamless and you felt almost guilty intruding in on the characters' lives - the conversations were private but so important. With Redford/Mirren together in just about one full scene - somehow their entire relationship was conveyed - not an easy feat! This <more>
is Redford's best work in a long time...he's at his best when he realizes he's a defeated man and he allows his anger to emerge. Dafoe is sympathetic and evil all at once - a great job from an always great actor. Mirren is amazing - stoic, angry, scared...she does it all. I just wished for more marriage scenes, they were so comfortable together...like an old married couple, trying to rekindle their love which finally happens a little too late...
A very good movie. I recommend it to anyone who looks beyond mindless entertainment. (by violinclass)
A very good movie. I recommend it to anyone who looks beyond mindless entertainment. It is not your typical Hollywood thriller. The pace is deliberately slow although not too slow, especially if compared to many good European movies , because a lot of the film is careful observation. Acting is excellent. There are so many subtle nuances that Helen Mirren shows through silences, pauses. And Redford and Dafoe are at their best, too. Very good music by Craig Armstrong. The usage of the music is also quite different from the typical thriller: a lot of times the really tense moments are left for <more>
us to experience without any "suggestions" from the director -- they do not have any underlying "evil" sound effects. I would not recommend this movie to younger people up to mid- twenties, perhaps , because I do not think they would understand its emotional complexity and would be put off by the slow pace. But for anyone who has some life experience beyond college -- it is one of the thought-provoking films, despite its genre.
Pieter Jan Brugge's 'The Clearing' is an underrated intense kidnap thriller. Brugge gets to the point straight away and he sticks to the main story all the way through without dwelling on insignificant subplots. It is tightly packed within 90 minutes and the events unroll smoothly. However, the strength of the film is that it focuses more on interaction rather than action and for that to stand out, solid dialogues and strong performances are a requirement. The dialogues are indeed well written. Even though they are of a few words, they speak enough and add to the subtlety of the <more>
actors' performances. In addition, the score is suitably downplayed.Robert Redford and Willem Defoe are great. Defoe delivers a subtle and sympathetic performance as the desperate kidnapper while Redford does an equally convincing job as the kidnapped Wayne. Of the supporting cast, Alessandro Nivola and Matt Craven stand out. Leaving the best for last, it is Helen Mirren who steals the show by delivering an incredibly subtle nuanced performance that reflects Eileen's anger, despair, determination, ambivalence, hesitation and love. It truly is another remarkable performance in her long list of achievements.On the down side, there are a few plot holes. I kept wondering why Wayne didn't escape when he had his chance? The daughter character had nothing to add.'The Clearing' is a solid thriller with a realistic ending that may not be acceptable by everyone but worked well for me. The highlight is clearly it's subtlety and performances.
Interesting character study; Willem Defoe is excellent (by MarieGabrielle)
At first there is suspense in this film, as we see Defoe getting ready for another workday- very well filmed and realistic. The film takes place in western Pennsylavania, somewhere near Pittsburgh.Helen Mirren is very good, as another review mentions, it is nice to see her in a non-embellished character role; though she was excellent in "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" - among others.Robert Redford is believable, and underplays his role as a successful businessman, bored with his life, who eventually has an affair Wendy Crewson . Wish he had done more films of the suspense nature; <more>
he is very good in understated roles- and what a relief to not see him in a film like "Indecent Proposal"- still cannot figure out why he did that film!.Anyway, the suspense gradually builds as Defoe reveals his outrage at having been downsized; On the DVD version/director's cut it is mentioned that several references to Defoe's nervous breakdown were in the initial scenes- unfortunately these pivotal points were not left in the film. The initial screenplay may have read like "Catcher in The Rye"; as Defoe works at a job in a recreation park, and starts to tease 8 year old children- the hallmark of his breakdown.At any rate, you will enjoy this film, it is suspenseful, well acted, and somewhat off the beaten path. 9/10.
A meditation on loss and regret (by howard.schumann)
Wayne and Eileen Hayes appear to be the ideal couple. They have a successful business, live in a wealthy Pittsburgh suburb, and have two well-adjusted grown children. But when Wayne is kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom by a former employee, cracks in their armor begin to show. Based on the kidnapping of a Dutch industrialist, Pieter Jan Brugge's The Clearing shows two different takes on the American dream. Robert Redford plays Wayne, a self-made car-rental executive who has become emotionally estranged from his wife and children. Willem Dafoe plays Arnold Mack, an unemployed man <more>
who sees himself as a failure and is unable to handle the success of his one-time employer. The film tells parallel stories that operate in different time frames, a unique device that deepens the puzzle. One thread revolves around Wayne, handcuffed and held at gunpoint by Arnold, being led through an area near the Great Smoky Mountains. The other revolves around Eileen Helen Mirren and her interactions with FBI investigator Ray Fuller Matt Craven who has set up his unit as a control center inside the Hayes home while the couple's children look on.Redford is outstanding as the intense business tycoon, and Mirren gives one of her best performances, portraying a tightly controlled suburbanite wife who refuses to panic even when her husband misses a dinner party she told him to be on time for. She keeps going even when it is obvious that something has gone wrong -- swimming in her pool, holding a birthday party for her grandchild, and waiting before calling the police because she thinks that her husband may have left her. Eileen discovers through the FBI search of phone records that her husband has continued seeing another woman, a relationship he'd told her was broken off. She visits Wayne's mistress Wendy Crewson , and retains her composure, showing emotion only in the way that she purses her lips. Always self-assured, she wants to know only where their trysts had taken place and what gifts he had brought her.As Wayne and his abductor walk through the forest, they engage in conversations about their lives and about opportunity in America. Wayne says that he made himself what he is today, and that Arnold had the same opportunity but failed. Both play a cat-and-mouse game, but treat each other with grudging respect, and it is clear that they've both paid a price. Wayne admits that his he has lost the love of his wife because of his overindulgence in his work, and the lack of attention he paid to his children. He tells Arnold, "I love my wife... we have two beautiful kids, and I'm just getting to know them." The Clearing is a quiet, thoughtful film that slowly builds suspense that is not released until the very end. Although there are some contrivances in the plot, the acting is superb throughout and the film works as a psychological thriller, a meditation on loss and regret, and a character study of two flawed but loving people who have forgotten how to express their joy in living.
This is a well-constructed thriller about a businessman who fails to keep a dinner appointment at his beautiful home. His distraught wife telephones the police who suspect he may have been kidnapped.. This is eventually confirmed when demands are made for ransom.I enjoy this kind of movie in which there are three main characters giving the film-maker the opportunity of developing their backgrounds to the fullest extent. Robert Redford as Wayne Hayes the husband and Helen Mirren as his wife Eileen are excellent in their roles, while kidnapper Arnold Mack Willem Defoe who has been secretly <more>
watching them for many years sets out to trap them into handing over a vast amount of money. In the process we learn of past events that the wife wishes to be kept secret from her son and daughter.We have two very tense stories running in parallel. On the one hand we have a very worried wife and family and friends working with the police and on the other hand we see the hand-cuffed husband being led through a forest at gunpoint to an unknown destination. The film cuts back and forth maintaining our concerned interest . It's a cat and mouse situation and a false move could mean curtains.Helen Mirren is a wonderful actress. Just watch her facial expressions on the receipt of an unexpected letter, a telephone call from the police perhaps or the arrival of sudden bad news. A glance here and a flicker of an eyelid there are full of meaning as she remains calm but worried pondering the eventual outcome of her husband's disappearance.This film is really worth watching, but don't be fooled into believing you can anticipate the ending!.
I found this movie very interesting .Unfortunately the German title " An autohnomie of an Entführung " is not appropriate . The English name " The Clearing " sounds more realistic. Even in this case the English title is not giving the accurate meaning of the word...a clearing in a forest gives the person the way out of the forest ..into the light . In our case for Redford the clearing is no way out but a sad one .. while for Dafoe does not meet his expecta- tions .. which he realises later.It is difficult to say who plays better : Dafoe, Redford , Hellen... However is <more>
agood movie , especially on a hard cold winter weekend as we have seen it here in Germany.We wd recommend it warmly