It is good to see Mira Sorvino back in films, etc. With her part in Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood and Melora Walters’ debut film Waterlily Jaguar it signals her return to work and the fact that whatever black mark the disgusting Weinstein had put on her name has now been erased. I would have loved to see her in the final season of Will and Grace, however, as her character was one of the best of the entire series. I guess you cannot have everything in life…which, interestingly enough, is one of the themes of this film.
This is the story of a successful writer who is losing his mind a little…or a lot. Being a famous novelist of the airport best-seller variety does not seem to be enough anymore for Bob (James Le Gros – Drugstore Cowboy, Mildred Pierce). This sense of dissatisfaction begins to seep into all of his relationships, with his wife Helen (Mira Sorvino – Mighty Aphrodite, The Replacement Killers), his assistant Wilhelmina (Stacey Oristano – from television’s Friday Night Lights) and his agent Bill (Dominic Monaghan – from television’s Lost). And not in a good way.
Bob wants to be a serious writer. When the story of female remains in the La Brea tar pits is told to him, Bob becomes obsessed about writing a novel about this. So much so that he drives himself and everyone around him mad. Is he paying too high a price to be taken seriously in the literary world? Will it cost him his marriage?
The other woman. Plenty of films have been made about this. Men becoming obsessed. Marriages being wrecked. Here is a twist on that common theme. This time the woman who Bob is obsessed with has been dead for hundreds of years. Strange? Yes! Intriguing? Also yes. Who doesn’t enjoy a good twist? If done well.
Actress/writer/director Melora Walters is a disciple of director Paul Thomas Anderson, who acts as a producer on her first film behind the camera. You can see his influence everywhere here. She definitely has incorporated his calm but quirky style into her own brand of storytelling.
There is an interesting mix of excess and happiness here. Everyone seems to be well off. Bob because he has written novels which have landed him on top of the New York Times best seller list. Helen’s friends who have marvellous houses. Bob’s agent who drives a luxury car. These people are all rich, but none of them are happy. All are searching. Money has definitely not brought them what they though it would.