This movie is melancholic. But it is also brilliant, and it is brilliant enough to offset the sad premise of the story.
Willem Dafoe plays Johnny Le Tour. Johnny is a delivery boy for a drug dealer named Ann. Ann is played by Susan Sarandon. If you are expecting thugs, tuck that away. These people aren't thugs. In fact, both want out of the drug dealing business to follow better dreams.
Ann is a very smart, charismatic dealer who has built up a high class clientele of top banking executives. This spares her the grief of peddling to street level users.
Johnny and Ann have a great friendship and working relationship. Johnny is just about the nicest carry boy you would ever want to meet. He doesn't act tough. He doesn't set people's teeth on edge. He doesn't even carry a gun. There's no need.
But he does carry around a mountain of guilt and regret for allowing his addiction to ruin his marriage. He would do anything to win back his ex wife. But she keeps pushing him away. This breaks him down with even more guilt. This is a good movie. Each actor is given exactly what they need to flesh out their character. Willem Dafoe turns out a magnificent performance. Susan Sarandon is fresh, fun, funny and very much a wise old soul. A woman who knows exactly how to act to survive in a man's world.
This movie will be especially rewarding for people with the patience to really see it blossom. It is worth the wait.