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Affliction based on the novel by Russell Banks was very interesting mysterious and kept you guessing up until it was over The actorsactresses portrayed in the movie was Wade Whitehouse Nick Nolte Wades girlfriend Margie Fogg Sissy Spacek Glen Whitehouse James Coburn Rolfe Whitehouse William Defoe Lillian Mary Beth Hurt Jill Brigid Tierney and Jack Hewit Jim True The movie begins by Rolfe Whitehouse William Defoe narrating the movie about a phone call he received from his brother Wade Whitehouse Nick Nolte the night after Halloween which was what lead up to Wades mysterious disappearance Using a narrative approach in the movie was an excellent choice for the plot It made you feel as if something was going to take place in this town but no clues were given In the movie Defoe not only does the narration but also plays Wades Nick Nolte brother Defoes character grows up moves away and becomes a schoolteacher This was something different for Defoe but by using a quite and soft-spoken tone it made his character fit smoothly into the plot Flashing back to the night of Halloween Wade is driving Jill his daughter Bridgid Tierney to her ex-schools Halloween festival It is obvious Jill does not want to be there She feels that her father is very confused and mixed-up After Wade and Jill get into an argument Jill calls her mom to come get her When Lillian Mary Beth Hurt Wades ex-wife arrives it is obvious that Wade doesnt want Lillian Mary Beth Hurt to have custody of Jill Which caused him to seek lawyer for custody of Jill During the movie Wade Whitehouse states his love for his daughter many times It would have helped to have flashback scenes to feel Wades emotions and urging to be a good father The setting takes place during the winter in a small town in upstate New Hampshire The
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