in about 100 words or less
US 113m, Colour
Director: Ang Lee; Cast: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Jamey Sheridan, Henry Czerny, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Adam Hann-Byrd, David Krumholtz, Katie Holmes
Set in 1973, The Ice Storm is a dark poignant drama about two wealthy Connecticut couples who experiment with infidelity while their children fumble with drugs, sex and alcohol. The parent’s double standard might not only be a source of confusion for their children, but is a suggestion that adulthood is not necessarily all that distinguishable from adolescence. The Ice Storm further suggests that America of the 1970s, like the characters in the story, was also coming of age – with the nation’s naievity being stripped away by events during the Nixon era (Klaus Ming July 2013).