This is certainly compelling, dark, intelligent and unsettling. Well worth watching.
An architecture professor comes to a strange town to visit his dying mother. He falls in with an old friend, who is demolishing a cast iron department store, that was the scene of a crime of passion before it was sealed up. He starts an affair with his friend's waif-like wife. Throw in copious amounts of Twin Peaks strangeness and serve well chilled.
The film is engaging and unexpected, with an ominous sense that a previous love triangle is repeating itself. Pamela Gidley is outstanding as the somewhat remote love object. The film is peppered with great lines, and some very memorable scenes.
Having said all that, the ending remains pretty inscrutable, I'm not sure exactly what was going on by the end, neither was my wife, and checking out iMDB interpretations seems to vary. Initially appealing explanations seem to fall apart.
Thought-provoking and very watchable, I've marked it down to four stars as it never quiet ties up all the loose ends, while leaving you with the frustrating feeling that you're just not quite smart enough to get it.