A low budget art-house indie flick by Hal Hartley, a writer-director auteur who came up in the new wave of independent filmmakers like Tarantino, Lynch, Jarmusch. Unlike those guys, Hal seems to focus more on his voice - dialogue/script - than he does a vision - creating a cinematic experience. Because there's not really one here.
The collective get together and expertly frame their shots and time their deliveries. But the result is less of watching a story unfold on film and more of an Obsession cologne commercial. Each line of dialogue is carefully annunciated and while there is some interest there, it's still too careful of a direction to get lost in.
Bill is a criminal, but otherwise a nice guy. His little brother is a naive student. Their father was a famous baseball player who later became a political activist that has been named as a bombing suspect. Dad is also on the lamb and the brothers are trying to find him. During the trip, they meet a couple of women, neither of which are strangers to criminal men. One of the more clever dynamics is that Bill, whose character as a thief is in question already, is also recently broken-hearted. So while his relationship with Kate develops, the audience gets to guess if he dares to sabotage it out of spite.
And the film did well in its initial run, getting nominated for a Palme d'Or. But in my opinion, outside of a "Kool Thing" dance sequence. the production is too stiff, calculated with emotional dialogue delivered at a syncopated pace.