Writer/director Neil LaBute continues his exploration of male and female relations in this enigmatic relationship drama. The use of natural lighting and handheld camera highlights the dramatic realism for which LaBute is known. Both lead actors give electric performances, Stanley Tucci as the manic, ego-crushed older man, and Alice Eve, the dazzling ingénue. Their nuanced performances, paired with LaBute’s dialogue, create an intriguing drama with a stunning finale.
Young and beautiful Velvet is enjoying a relaxing morning in her New York brownstone when Fred interrupts. With suitcase in tow, he enters the apartment with great expectation. Not having seen or heard from Fred in nearly four years, Velvet is clearly surprised. As Fred unloads the reason for his resurfacing, the history and nature of their relationship is revealed. The weight of their reconnection becomes clear as tension mounts and their chemistry reaches its climax.
NEIL LaBUTE’s first film, In the Company of Men, debuted at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and was followed by Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession and Lakeview Terrace, among others. He has also written numerous acclaimed stage plays, fiction and non-fiction magazine articles and the short story collection Seconds of Pleasure.