Look, Adrien Brody is going to give you a great acting performance no matter what he's in. That's a given. Playing a character like this--lonely and intelligent is right in his wheelhouse. The problem given that is the filmmaking is way too artsy here. The flashback scenes look like bad Kodak film and are only hinting at what happened in Brody's character's past. We really don't get a clear picture at what exactly made him the way he is in the movie.
Given that, though, there are enough poignant scenes and with a cast that includes James Caan, Lucy Liu, Christina Hendricks, Marcia Gay Harden, Blythe Danner and William Peterson, there are plenty of underused heavy hitters in here. Yet the true star of the story is Sami Gayle who plays the very troubled young prostitute. She is a talent that is worth watching over the coming years.
The extras are short on sweet on the DVD. A less than five-minute interview with both the director and Brody plus some Red Carpet interviews at one of the premieres.