It could have been played for melodrama or maudlin sentimentality at every turn, but it isn't. Instead, it is a sensitive and often quite funny look at what Conor's re-entry does to his wife Vanetia (the wonderful red-headed Maxine Peake), and his two young children. Meanwhile, there is an interloper (Forte) in their midst, following Conor around with a cam-corder. Vanetia says, "I was worried about letting a hypothesis into the house."
Bio: Sheila O'Malley's work has appeared in The Sewanee Review and Salon.com. She writes a monthly essay on film for Fandor, and also contributes pieces to The House Next Door, official blog of Slant Magazine. She contributes occasional reviews of film noir classics at Noir of the Week. Her personal blog is The Sheila Variations.