Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1991. Initial Entertainment Group, Pathé Entertainment. Screenplay by Mike Figgis. Cinematography by Juan Ruiz Anchia. Produced by Eric Fellner. Music by Mike Figgis. Production Design by Waldemar Kalinowski. Costume Design by Sharon Simonaire. Film Editing by Martin Hunter.
A successful architect (Kevin Anderson) returns to his home town for a visit and ends up becoming involved in the destruction of a decrepit old department store. At first indignant that such a beautiful piece of property is being torn down, he ends up discovering the building’s connection to secrets in his past, ones that include his bedridden birth mother (Kim Novak) and his miserable friend and colleague (Bill Pullman) whose wife (Pamela Gidley) catches Anderson’s eye. It turns out that the murder-suicide that took place in the building thirty years previously has something to do with Novak’s giving Anderson up for adoption, and he has now returned to her bedside to get to know her before she dies. Mike Figgis’ film is full of rich atmosphere and shady characters, but there is absolutely no momentum to the plot and so the drip-dry characters are left with nothing to do but talk about themselves. None of them are very interesting, except for Novak who is confined to bed and far too few scenes. Anderson, on the other hand, makes a poor leading man and doesn’t have enough charisma to hold an entire film on his shoulders.