WOW!! I was taken aback by this film. It's the kind of film that lingers on in your conscience, provoking thoughts of the themes and performances that brushed each dialogue and character. It reminded me of such recent movies as The Royal Tenebaums, Magnolia, & Lantana, but the movie could not have been more different as it is far engrossing and demoralising than the abovementioned. Much like The Royal Tenebaums there is great sadness to the story and structure of the characters in the movie. And much like Magnolia & Lantana we see the connections that would slowly peel away to the core affliction of the characters that we've been casually watching, immersed in their plight and turn. The performances were truly amazing in the movie, from Dylan Baker, to Jane Adams, to Philp Seymour Hoffman, while the supporting casts were also faultless. However, it must be said though that my initial reaction after seeing this film was of disgust and disaproval but I could not shy away from the brutal honesty of the subject matter and the great film-making. The conversation between Billy and his father (Dylan Baker) is a fine example of such uncompromising sincerity. I can understand that some may be against this movie as it is not an easy proposition for recommended viewing but as far as film integrity goes it is an amazing piece of work.