Kate Winslet and the rest of the cast are in top form in this ensemble piece that explores the mundanity and emotional complexity of domestic life for people with children. But don’t expect something cute from Little Children. It’s an involving film, one that allows the emotional undercurrent to slowly reveal itself, and then it packs a punch that could leave you reeling.
It’s a story of suburban adultery, but there is more going on than just two people finding a common bond through their mutual boredom of their domestic lives. The story is so well-constructed and intelligent in the way it develops the drama, it’s difficult not to be affected by the experience. There are more than a few ways to interpret what’s going on, and all of them are equally affective. Little Children is in my top 10 of 2006 movies.