A pretty young woman is mistreated and often kept prisoner
by her brute of a husband, watched over and aided by his backwater
friend. A local clairvoyant/witch tells her on a rare outing
that her true lover is close and, although the road will be
hard, everything will turn out for the better in the end.
It transpires she is seeing a young and rich businessman who
only feels connected to life when he is with her. Her husband's
friend hangs around her like a puppy-dog and she eventually
manipulates him into killing her husband and dumping his body
in the swamp. She is now free, but she hasn't accounted for
the friend's infatuation, and the difference in class between
her and her lover could be a bridge too far...
this is a fairly average film, you do find yourself being
drawn into events. It's probably due to Inez (Dominique Swain)
who manages sexy, vulnerable and scheming in degrees with
little difficulty. Even dirty and beaten-up she is alluring;
and this is necessary because otherwise you wouldn't believe
the possessiveness of Edgar (Henry Thomas; remember Elliot
in E.T.?) or the crush of the husband's friend.
Allen, the supporting star of many 1980s movies (including
John Carpenter's Starman and Spielberg's Raiders
of the Lost Ark), plays the chain-smoking mystic with
no time for her kids.
this one out if you have 97 minutes to spare, but don't go
out of your way.