Ordinary People. Dir. Robert Redford. Paramount, 1980.
Calvin tries to intercede between Beth and Conrad, hoping to make Beth understand how much her son needs her. He tells Beth, ˘He (Conrad) just wants to know that you donĂt hate him.÷ Beth replies, ˘Hate him! How could I hate him? Mothers donĂt hate their sons! Is that what he told you? You see how you believe everything he tells you? And you canĂt do the same for me, you canĂt! God, I donĂt know what anyone wants from me anymore!÷ This scene portrays a woman in great emotional stress and denial.
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ts. His father also starts to see Dr. Berger and eventually makes a genuine connection with Conrad. But his mother refuses to go into therapy, and continues to angrily reject Conrad, as well as growing angrier with her husband.
Toward the end of the movie, Calvin tells Beth that he doesnĂt know if he still loves her because of her coldness, and withdrawal from Conrad, and her open hostility toward Conrad and him. She cannot deal with open emotional confrontation, and her response is to pack her bags, and leave her home, a physical as