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follows the intersecting lives of an aging woman trying to pick up the threads after a painful divorce and an impossibly sensitive police commissioner tracking a murder case.
Loneliness and alienation are the main themes scratched out by penetrating performances from reliable leads Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne, in a narratively thin yet ultimately accomplished first feature directed by Rampling’s son Barnaby Southcombe.
Though the storyline totters between police genre and European art film, the latter predominates and the film will probably find itself caught in limbo between festivals and scattered theatrical.
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As Anna confesses to a straight-talking lady (Honor Blackman in a punchy cameo) she meets at a speed dating session, the separation from her husband was mutual, but now she regrets it.
This is the evening Anna meets George Stone (Ralph Brown), a sex-oriented dater who lives with his troubled teenage step-son.
By telling the story from the perspective of the suspect, the film undercuts a number of genre conventions.
On the one hand, this enriches the character whose psychological fragility will elicit sympathy, especially from female audiences, even before the great tragedy in her past is revealed.