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.
Surreal and intriguing this film doesn't take the expected route. There is depth to its quietness which draws the viewer deeper and deeper in. If you're a fan of film noir or certainly David Lynch then definitely give this a go.
I was left feeling disappointed at the end, although thats maybe harsh.
It looks great, is beautifully shot. There are nods to some great films in the way it looks, in particular, to me, Blue Velvet.
It's well played - the acting of most is good.
There is a threaded who-dunnit plot which mostly works.
So what goes wrong? Two things. The Blue Velvet similarity, once seen, I couldn't unsee. And if a film seems like it paying homage, is an understated version of a classic, it probably is going to fall short of the original. The other thing is the who-dunnit. Sadly I guessed early on that one or two hints were significant, and from there joined the dots well ahead of the film.