Set in their ways, even NORA and EVAN's arguments are routine and passionless. The arrival of a mysterious Valentine card opens the first crack in their long, frozen marriage. Repressed feelings of regret over lost and wasted opportunities bring to the surface the emotional scars from their traumatic pasts. Now they fight for the courage to share their pain so they can connect with each other one last time. Unable to confront her own past, Nora presses Evan to reveal deeper and deeper layers of his own emotional wounds through the use of sexual experimentation. Slowly she whittles away at Evan's protective armor until he is practically reliving the very cause of his emotional injury. Only then is she able to reveal to Evan and to the audience her complicity in her past sins and the guilt she still harbors. A parallel story between young lovers Amber and Joel show the bureaucratic hoops they must jump through for their marriage license. Their sexual relationship is carefree, a dark ... Written by
Two couples, a government official, and an instruction manual. Do the math.