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The crushing effect of grief is the main theme of this well-acted drama from director Jake Scott (son of Ridley). James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo play an Indianapolis husband and wife struggling to come to terms with the loss of their teenage daughter - he broods and has an affair, she is agoraphobic and brittle. But when Gandolfini decides to stay in New Orleans after a business trip and befriends a volatile, foul-mouthed stripper (Kristen Stewart, in a role that's a million miles from
Bella Swan), it's the catalyst for change in the lives of these emotionally bereft people. Scott's overly sedate second feature (after the bombastic
Plunkett and Macleane
) will win no prizes for originality, but it benefits greatly from the subtle performances of the two leads, particularly Leo (an Oscar winner in 2011 for
), who is by turns irritating, sweet, funny and insightful in a part that could easily have turned into caricature.
A man haunted by the death of his daughter is drifting apart from his reclusive wife. While on a business trip, a chance encounter with a teenage stripper awakens his paternal nature, and he resolves to save her from her dangerous lifestyle. Back home, his wife tries to muster the confidence to rejoin the outside world. Drama, starring James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo.
Cast & Crew
Hamilton "Ham" Watkins
Lance E Nichols
High Fliers / Blue Dolphin
Contains swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity.
18 Nov 2011
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