Grim and unsparing, this small-scale drama about religious fixation and obsessive love takes its own sweet time telling a haunting story of strangled hopes, seething anger and explosive violence. A teenager is found walking by a deserted road side,
mute and covered with someone else's blood. An avuncular sheriff (Hal Holbrook) coaxes the story out of the traumatized youngster, and the film slips back and forth between the present and the recent past to tell a tale of inevitable tragedy. Lonely, orphaned waitress Ainsley (Martha Plimpton)
lives in her parents' house in a dying town, and begins corresponding with Jack (Kevin Anderson), who's found God in jail. They ...