You know those movies where everything would be a lot simpler if people just sat down and talked? Madelyn (Marcia Gay Harden), her husband (Joseph Kell) and his mistress, Lucy (Leonor Watling), spend all of writer-director Joan Carr-Wiggin’s drama not telling one another what they know about their respective situations. Which, of course, makes things awkward when Madelyn befriends Lucy and the two bond over their relationship crises, as the latter doesn’t realize that the former is her lover’s wife. It’s a complex geometry that’s mined for some interesting perspectives on romantic fulfillment, but the film’s comic sense (exemplified by a drunken Harden acting inappropriately) is slack and its dramatic conclusion unfulfilling.
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