Imaginary Crimes

I’m not sure what the title means, but this is an affecting heartbreaker about a con man (Harvey Keitel) trying to raise two daughters in Oregon during the 50s and early 60s after his wife (Kelly Lynch) dies, adapted by Kristine Johnson and Davia Nelson from a book by Sheila Ballyntine and directed by Anthony Drazan (Zebrahead). The script is brave enough to jump around in time but not always accomplished enough to bring it off, and for all his sensitivity Drazan sometimes seems to be taking on more than he can handle; nevertheless the movie leaves a poignant aftertaste. With Fairuza Balk and Elisabeth Moss (as the two sisters), Chris Penn, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Seymour Cassel. (JR)

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