The writer of this riveting, engrossing story, of a lost soul finding the strength somehow to continue living, happens to be the daughter of the celebrated playwright, Arthur Miller, noted for his ability to craft great stories about life's struggles. Rebecca Miller is also the director of a brilliant cast of well-known actors including Robin Wright, Alan Arkin and Wynona Rider who play their roles with an authenticity that compels total immersion in the heart-breaking journey Pippa Sarkisian Lee must take to escape the destructive obsessions of a mother who battles 'obesity' and the crippling 'sadness' of depression with compulsive doses of 'speed'. Miss Miller makes it abundantly clear that her heroine will have none of the resources reputed to be available to those who hold to 'traditional values'. Her freedom from 'family' leads to years of a 'free-fall' of unbridled sexuality as a 'femme fatale". A chance acquaintance with Herb Lee, himself a failed 'writer" (and husband) whose career is salvaged by a publisher friend, (a role played to perfection by Alan Arkin), awakens Pippa to the stark reality that she has become a 'f...up' who is willing to give herself to him for the security of being delivered from herself. It turns out that marriage is the only 'protection' Lee does offer after three heart attacks threaten him with 'decrepitude'. The writer's creative gift is revealed in the way she finds an existential context in which Pippa Lee finds a soul mate in Chris Nadeau (played by Keena Reeves), a failure and drifter who admits he is an a....hole who tried becoming a "Jesuit", and a marriage which failed when he discovered his 'Jesus freak' wife a atop his best friend. Pippa had become aware of a lurking tenderness in her friend when she found him comforting a large dog injured in an accident. When she discovered Herb's unfaithfulness with a dear friend, she found herself reaching out to Chris: "It looks like nobody needs me now". The following love scene seems to be where Rebecca Miller wants to make her commitment to the belief that in the absence of any meaning which reason can find in the universe as we know it, there are inner resources in each person providing courage to affirm the goodness of life. What Pippa Lee needs most now is not the ravaging love of a lonely man; she longs now for a love that is true, pure and unselfish. That is what Rebecca Miller gives us. Chris helps Pippa achieve glorious relief and sexual satisfaction, while denying himself what would be expected. Viewers of that last scene may note how the director has placed Pippa's head with eyes looking upward. awed and lightened by a revelation that she had experienced the "ravishment" of true love.