Executive Producer: Kent Alterman, Toby Emmerich, Patrick Palmer
Producer: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Todd Field
Screenplay: Todd Field, Tom Perrotta, based on the novel by Perrotta
Cinematographer: Antonio Calvache
Editor: Leo Trombetta
Production Designer: David Gropman
Sound: Edward Tise
Music: Thomas Newman
Principal Cast: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson, Noah Emmerich, Jackie Earle Haley, Ty Simpkins, Sadie Goldstein
Todd Field's widely acclaimed In the Bedroom electrified audiences at the 2001 Festival, and now the immensely talented writer-director is back with Little Children, adapted from the novel by Tom Perrotta. The film is a scathing and frequently hilarious dissection of the mores and rituals of a group of hot-to-trot fledgling parents, brought vividly to life by some of the best young actors working today: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly and fast-rising star Patrick Wilson.
Sarah (a phenomenal Winslet) was made for better things: married to a jackass in the corporate branding business, the grad-school dropout is a stay-at-home mom to her adorable but demanding little daughter Lucy (Sadie Goldstein). At the local playground she is forced to partake of the inane gossip of a trio of fellow mums - but their routine is broken by the sudden return of Brad (Wilson), a hunky house-husband they've dubbed the Prom King.
Despite being married to gorgeous Kathy (Connelly) and dad to cherubic Aaron (Ty Simpkins), Brad is going through his own malaise. Struggling to pass the bar exam, he is distracted by the lure of a touch-football night league. In an effort to scandalize the meddling mother hens, one day Sarah approaches Brad in the playground…
Spiked with a wry voice-over that gets under each character's skin, Little Children revolutionizes familiar narrative terrain. This audacious film is keenly sensitive to how ambitious young adults' lives and desires change when they have kids (not to mention how parenting can become a competitive sport), and to what a paranoid America living under "homeland security" actually looks like. Many scenes are at once resonant and utterly surprising - just try not to be stunned by a key sequence at the town pool. From its bravura opening sequence to its sublime ending, Little Children is smart, riveting filmmaking.
- Noah Cowan
Todd Field was born in Pomona, California. Beginning his career as an actor, he has performed in many films, including Victor Nunez's Ruby in Paradise (93), Nicole Holofcener's Walking and Talking (96) and Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (99). In addition to acting, writing and directing, he has also worked as a producer and composer. He made his first short film, Too Romantic, in 1992. This was followed by the shorts Delivering (93), When I Was a Boy (93), The Dog (93) and Nonnie & Alex (95), which won a special jury award at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. His feature films are In the Bedroom (01), which was nominated for five Academy Awards® in 2001, including best picture, and Little Children (06).