Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. Germany/USA/Japan, 1995. Miramax, , , , Screenplay by Paul Auster. Cinematography by Adam Holender. Produced by Kenzo Horikoshi, Greg Johnson, Hisami Kuroiwa, Peter Newman. Music by Rachel Portman. Production Design by Kalina Ivanov. Costume Design by Claudia Brown, Chuck Keehne. Film Editing by Maysie Hoy, Christopher Tellefsen. Independent Spirit Awards 1995.
A corner cigar shop in Brooklyn is the center of activity in this well-intentioned but uninteresting film. The story’s main focus is the store’s owner (Harvey Keitel) and the many relationships that he forges and ruins in the course of a few days. Stockard Channing is excellent as an old flame, but it’s only when she shares the screen with Ashley Judd in a mother-daughter showdown that the film really comes alive.