This obscure drama film about
a former talented swimmer who tries to piece her life together after a
troubled relationship is so aloof and uncommunicative that you feel like
you've snuck into a party you weren't invited to.
Writer/director Erin Dignam arguably aims for authenticity and depth by
being offish, and it works in the sense that Robin Wright Penn's
lead character comes off as remarkably true, even if she still isn’t
particularly interesting. William Hurt plays her lawyer in an even more
introspective manner than we usually see him. His character seems absentminded, almost like a distraction, until we
ultimately get a little glimpse
into his own demons, which seem to gravitate him towards Wright Penn.
It's all a somewhat slight and detached character study, but at least
it's an actual study. The women are in focus here, which may be some
sort of accomplishment in itself, and the film tries to discuss
issues which it doesn’t claim to have a definitive answer to beforehand.
For that Dignam and her cast deserve credit, even if the end product is
artistically lacking and never quite comes alive. Sean Penn produced and
appears in an allegorical cameo.