Several months before
The film's unceremonious rollout belies a quite respectable, handsomely made drama that features a pair of solid star turns by Cooper and Lawrence. The performers are as beautiful to look at here as they are intriguing to watch.
Directed by Danish filmmaker
The story goes on to track George and Serena's deeply passionate, interdependent relationship, one that becomes marked by shady business dealings, personal tragedy, obsessive jealousy, an eerie prophecy and a rising body count. It's absorbing, well-played stuff until Serena's emotional baggage turns her into a kind of lethal Blanche DuBois and melodrama overtakes the film's muscular bearing.
Thanks to the film's fine production design and stirring cinematography, the Czech Republic proves a credible substitute here for the Tar Heel State.
MPAA Rating: R for some violence and sexuality.
Running time: 1 hour, 49 minutes.