How Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm stays warm 25 years later

It’s a signature approach of the director, one that employs empathy and warmth towards the members of a single family unit, but most importantly it sympathetically understands how heavily our lives are dictated by the world around us. The Hood family behaves just as coldly with the people in their lives, often acting out in their own self-interests despite their potential detriment to others. When Elena seeks shelter back inside the party, she finds Ben still on the bathroom floor. Unlike the bitterness of some family dramas, The Ice Storm…