Instead of developing the crucial narrative thread involving the daughter of a Nazi who stole a Vermeer during WWII, director Brent Shields' adaptation of Susan Vreeland's novel, Girl in Hyacinth Blue
, slogs through anecdotal dramas about the painting's previous owners. European History teacher Cornelia Englebrecht (Glenn Close) welcomes new art instructor Richard (Thomas Gibson) to the tony high-school where she's employed. After sizing up his integrity, she shares a secret: Her father owns a Vermeer that Cornelia keeps hidden in a museum-type space at her home. Cornelia regales Richard with the provenance of the unknown masterpiece, while remaining strangely...