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Set in 1967 in New York City's Public Morals Division, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that comes from dealing with all kinds of vice can get the better of them.
A high school baseball coach (Krumholtz) and a down-on-his-luck private investigator (Burns) form a bond as they scour New York City for the coach's wife, who's run away with a second-rate rock star. As in Burns' previous films, the city itself becomes a character as the two men confront their fear of change and the familiar habit of loneliness. Written by
Two guys in search of getting over hard times with wives.
I think this is a quiet movie, but very satisfying in an intelligent way. It is an actors' movie, with Burns and Krumholtz doing excellent jobs: Burns as the detective, and Krumholtz as the client. Its use of New York city--a movie location so unceasingly used by movies and t.v.--is photographed to unusually good advantage. This is a movie about quests: One, the abandoned, loving baseball-devoted husband, and the second, the widowed detective, getting on with life one day at a time. Many good vignettes in this movie, but it is not the sort of story for those lacking patience and an enjoyment of the subtle. There's much to be said about movie making that allows abundant time for actors to be on camera and develop a scene between one another.
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