This film looks so different from The Delta and 40 Shades Of Blue (also by Ira Sachs) I found it intriguing in prospect, and it largely delivers. It has a rather cossetted look, as if locked into its world and forcing you to dwell within the same confinement, but this enables it to work its spell. It starts with a terrific title sequence which sets a fascinating 40s tone, a bit like Almodovar in sepia. The story is quite involving, and above all, brilliantly acted by all four players. It is much more rewarding than Closer or the recent Carnage, both of which also revolved around the dynamic between two men and two women, but were too cold and cynical to make a deep impact, I felt. This is not the case here, although the murder plot which is central to the film does put it into the genre territory. It's an elegant game of a film, but somehow it gets a certain warmth and the women carry this, really, particularly Patricia Clarkson who does something quite magical with her role. Chris Cooper is also amazingly good, because his role is almost impossible to bring off, but I thought he did as well with it as anyone could. I suppose it bears more than a passing resemblance to Murnau's Sunrise, in a way, although the tone could hardly be more different; it's certainly an interesting film to think about in relation to other films, but in the end it is not expressionistic so the murder motif remains poised between artifice and dramatic interest.