Ethan Frome is an adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1911 novella . Set in Massachusetts in the late-19th century, the film relates the sad story of reclusive farmer Ethan Frome (Liam Neeson). Considering himself too homely for romance, he enters into a loveless marriage with the wealthy but spiteful Zeena (Joan Allen). Things become nearly unendurable when Zeena becomes an invalid, imperiously demanding her husband's attentions day and night. Ethan seeks solace in an affair with Zeena's pretty cousin Mattie Silver (Patricia Arquette), who has arrived to act as housekeeper. Produced on behalf of PBS' American Playhouse, Ethan Frome was released theatrically in late 1992. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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As an assignment for English Reading, this movie stuck very close to the book. It was a VERY good visual learning tool for me. I read the book first, but one could see the movie first and then read the book. DO read the book to get the full impact of what I consider to be the center of the story: choices we make and how they impact our own lives as well as the lives of those around us.
Ethan Frome is the most poignant, beautiful, tragic story I've ever read, and is by far Edith Wharton's best work. This film butchered it. It worked against the book in soooo many poorly-chosen ways. There are vital factors in the story that have been unwisely ommitted and other ridiculous additions to the plotline that were nowhere in the book. And overall, the profundity of emotion and tension, and the visceral visual beauty of Whatron's masterpiece were not conveyed as they should have been.
Okay movie adaption of the book. Seems to leave a lot of information out of what happened in their lives. Great cast--Neeson is wonderful! The ending shocks you because you didn't get enough story line.