Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst deliver terrific performances in this intriguing crime drama.
Inspired by the lurid true story of New York real-estate heir-turned-murder suspect Robert Durst, Gosling plays the troubled rich kid, renamed David Marks for the film. Dunst is his wife, Katie, and their initially blissful 1970s marriage turns sour when David’s dangerously unstable personality emerges after his domineering father (a menacing Frank Langella) draws him back into the murky family business.
What happened next remains open to conjecture, but director Andrew Jarecki, maker of the Oscar-nominated 2003 documentary Capturing the Friedmans, has come up with his own shocking solution to the mystery.
His film’s slow pace and teasing flashback-heavy narrative are sometimes irksome, but the acting and story are always captivating.