The Ice Storm is a movie about family. It’s about the people who tear us apart and put us back together. Not a lot actually “happens” in this haunting Ang Lee film threaded through with images of ice. The ice storm itself is a major event, but it’s only secondary to the true meaning of the story. It doesn’t matter what happens, but instead how the characters react to it.
The film is also an interesting portrayal of life in 1973. The parents are searching for identity and experimenting with drugs and sexuality as much as the kids are. Watch it, and think about what family means to you.