When homicide detective Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson) is called to investigate the murder of a leading astrophysicist (Mamie Gummer) in New Orleans, she is confronted by a mystery that begins to affect her in ways she had never expected. As the investigation deepens, a darker world is slowly revealed and she must use all of her skills and experience to piece together fragments of a wider conspiracy that lies behind the murder.
An object lesson in the dangers of trying to be too clever. The basic story within the film is fine, but it's hidden behind the woozy smokescreen that wafts around Patricia Clarkson's semi-comatose homicide detective.
I like Patricia Clarkson, and I have liked Carol Morley's films up to now (especially Dreams of a Life) but this is just too precious and ponderous.