Isobel (Michelle Williams) is seeking funding for the Indian orphanage that she helps run and when a possible benefactor insists upon her presence in New York to rubber stamp a huge donation she is compelled to leave. Theresa (Julianne Moore) has ulterior motives for her offer of funding though and insists that Isobel stay till after her daughter Grace’s (Abby Quinn) wedding.
Based on a 2006 film of the same name, Bart Freundlich’s remake is hard to pigeon hole. The synopsis sounds almost as though it is a thriller but it is nothing of the sort. It is a drama about families and key decisions in our life’s that ripple through those who we touch. The less you know about the revelations that drive the story the better though.
In a film of this nature it is the performances from the actors that make or break whether or not we are engaged in the story and there are four central performances here that really work. Williams and Moore are the focal point, with Quinn and Billy Crudup as Theresa’s husband Oscar providing able support.
The twists and turns might be a little overwrought for some people’s tastes but it’s diverting enough as entertainment.