It is just as well that the director, in the bonus material, explains what the movie is all about, because the two stories do not mesh as well as he would have us believe. The inside story, from the novel, is a very conventional tale of back country violence. The framing story is far more interesting, but not in the way the director intended. The upscale LA society is so well portrayed that with some expansion it would make an excellent satire of modern life. The sets, the costumes and the cinematography are so magnificent that they steal the attention from the drama. Nevertheless, the film works best as a portrait of a lonely woman, punctuated by a very appropriate ending.