Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Casey Affleck (Lou Ford), Jessica Alba (Joyce), Kate Hudson (Amy), Jay R. Ferguson (Elmer Conway), Ned Beatty (Chester Conway), Elias Koteas (Rothman), Tom Bower (Sheriff), Brent Briscoe (Bum), Bill Pullman (Attorney)
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Genres: Cops, Sexual-Violence against Women, Sadism-Masochism, Family, Old-Young, Prostitution, Incest
Plot – Spoilers:
Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is liked in town. He carries himself with an air of honesty that is trusted by those who grew up with him. Like his childhood friend Elmer Conway, the son of the wealthiest man around, who seeks Lou’s help in marrying a prostitute Joyce. Only thing is, Lou’s been balling her secretly and loves her too. But the way Lou loves women is different, which goes back to when mommy used to make him spank her.
Casey Affleck plays Lou disarmingly – when he says he’s sorry, you believe he’s sorry, even if fleetingly. And he seems to believe it himself, which makes him dangerous to everyone around him because he’s able to discard his remorse just as quickly.
Based on the Jim Thompson novel, the two movie versions are quite different in what they tackle. The 1976 version dealt more with Lou’s mental disintegration, whereas here, his sadistic and darker traits are unwrapped early on.