Another stylish descent into the Jim Thompson inferno, where tiny buds of hope foolish enough to poke their heads through the harsh soil of despair, betrayal and violence are poisoned before they can so much as think of flowering. Aging bellhop Sonny
(Elias Koteas) is trapped in a life of poverty and desperation: His degrading gig at the seedy Stillwell hotel is made worse by sadistic security head Cougar (Kevin J. O'Connor), and his home life revolves around caring for his retarded brother Leroy (Jay Leggett). A brief encounter with stunning
but suicidal guest Monique (Laure Marsac) is the dismal capper. She has a full-blown emotional meltdown after they have se...