Annas refusal to accept her death is ushered along by Pauls resistance to accepting it. He wont stop pushing and searching for answers, and it doesnt help that Annas creepy young student, Jack, believes hes seen her upright and alive in Eliots home.
The script, set and costumes are all very simple. It stands in perfect juxtaposition to the grandness of the question the movie poses. However, their approach to the cinematography was a little too clichéd. The focus on the color red was overdone and a lot of the traditionally indie scenes made the movie seem garish. The fact that pretty much half of the movie has Ricci naked seemed like a desperate approach to attract viewers in spite of a substantial story.
The film is neat in that one-off dark humor sort of way. But, I spent most of time trying to ogle Ricci rather than listening to dialogue. While it hasn’t been getting the biggest push on the theatrical circuit, I sense quite a long shelf life in the video world. Much like most of Neeson’s recent dramatic work, he’s been taking subtle to new levels. It’s just that Long and Charles can’t keep up with Neeson and Ricci when the plot pushes forward.