Bed You Sleep In, The (1993): Jon Jost’s Quietly Disturbing Family Drama

Offbeat and disturbing, Jon Jost’s “The Bed You Sleep In” (released in 1993) is a visually striking film, that eschews the narrative and pacing of mainstream movies.

Northwestern lumber-mill operators Ray and his wife Jean are going through hard times.

The couple’s lives are thrown into chaos when their daughter writes home from college, saying she has uncovered her repressed memories of sexual abuse, and naming Ray as her abuser.

The style is deceptively quiet, closer to life’s unforced flow, but in Jon Jost’s vision, the terror shoots right through the calm.