Following up on her 1998 opus Bedrooms and Hallways, Rose Troche directs this ensemble film about suburbia and its discontents. Once an up-and-coming singer/songwriter, Paul Gold (Joshua Jackson) now lies in a coma, attentively nursed by his mother Esther (Glenn Close), who dotes on her son to the exclusion of her husband and her daughter Julie (Jessica Campbell). Meanwhile, Jim Train (Dermot Mulroney) is a workaholic lawyer who is closer to his tortes than to his spouse Susan (Moira Kelly). Their son Jake has taken a morbid fascination with his sister's foot-high girl doll. At the same time, Paul's former lover Annette Jennings (Patricia Clarkson) is trying to pull her life and her family back together after a particularly brutal divorce. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
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The movie starts out with a lot of jumping around from what appears to be random, disconnected scenes, but the confusion and the great acting grab you and won't let go. We stayed with this to see what was going on and we were glad that we did. At it's conclusion, 'everything' is tied together and all questions answered. The next day we watched the movie over again to better understand the subtle clues that we originally had not grasped. If you have any empathy for the problems and pains suffered of others, you will have a deep appreciation for this story. Stay with it; it's a good (visual) book.
Not much to like about this one. You don't really know what's happening for the first part of it and don't like what's happening in the second part. A few unsettling scenes that I could easily do without. If I want to be depressed, I'll watch the news.