Rating: R for language, violence and drug use
Run Time: 1 hour, 59 minutes
Overwrought indies aren’t typically my thing and this achingly angsty melodrama does little to alter my thinking.
Audrey and Brian Burke (
The only fly in their ointment is Brian’s childhood friend Jerry (Benicio del Toro), a careworn heroin addict to whom Brian is inexplicably and fiercely loyal.
A senseless accident leaves Audrey a widow and Jerry without his support system. Sooner rather than later Audrey steps into the void, reaching out a hand to honor Brian’s memory but resenting the hell out of Jerry’s persistent presence.
All the predictable notions apply – the rebuilding, the recovery, the setbacks – while Audrey struggles to make sense of God’s Big Plan. The unlikely duo of widow and junkie form a foundation based on something akin to love. Cue the violins.
Danish director Susanne Bier has an irritating penchant for lingering macro close-ups meant to convey a mood. Just another notion in a mixed bag of concepts wrapped in a redemptive cocoon.