Ordinary People Synopsis
This movie is very real and heartbreaking. The portrayal of emotions and character feelings is acted very well. You can identify and relate with each of the characters on a personal level. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, the movie portrays a “normal” family and brings insights into the hidden dynamics of the family. The reality is that there is a lot going on in the background of the family and it is dealt with in a lackadaisical manner full of denial and ignorance without proper communication and supports. Social status is very important as indicated by the cocktail parties, involvement in school activities, and the social aspects of Beth and her friends over the issues and problems going on with Conrad. The movie accurately portrays the real details of what goes on behind the facades people put up for the benefit of others.
Beth, the mother, is portrayed as a socialite more concerned with status and image than family. She is a cold and distant wife incapable of showing love or acceptance of her one living son. She cannot deal with the grief and loss of her other son. She is unable to show emotion towards him, and this is very disturbing. Her behaviors, actions, and conversations towards Conrad break your heart. Beth idolized her first born son, and is reminded of the pain of loss every time she sees Conrad and distances herself from him as a coping mechanism to deal with her grief and loss. She blames Conrad for the death of Buck although it is not stated outwardly. He committed the ultimate sin, he survived and her favorite son did not. She is so distant and avoidant of meaningful interaction with Conrad, and minimizes her actions. Conrad desperately seeks love and acceptance, and forgiveness from his mother. Beth seems to blame Conrad for her loss. The interactions are strained and awkward as Beth avoids her son and he tries so hard to get any kind of recognition or show of affection...
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