Welcome to Framed, a column at Cinematical that runs every Thursday and celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time.

Though director Ang Lee has drawn influence from Asian cinema and his Taiwanese heritage, he's traversed genres, time periods, and cultures throughout his filmography – navigating the intimate and complicated worlds of his characters with a reverence and curiosity that some have dubbed clinical. While Lee's controlled and distant approach isn't for everyone, it undoubtedly fits the bill for 1997's 'The Ice Storm' – a film about two families coming to grips with the rapidly changing political, social and sexual climate of the 1970s in the sterile Connecticut suburbs. Mark Friedberg's production design and Frederick Elmes' cinematography highlights the internal narrative of Lee's lonely characters.