This arty, overbaked melodrama entirely fails to transcend its source material, Mark Medoff's pretentious stage play The Homage That Follows
. On a bleak ranch in New Mexico, repressed widow Katherine (Blythe Danner) lives in creepy symbiosis with hired hand
Archie, an onanistic math genius (Frank Whaley). When Katherine's daughter Lucy (Sheryl Lee), a neurotic TV star, drops by for a visit, everything goes splat on a hot tin roof. Director Ross Marks' first feature resembles a straight-to-video erotic thriller minus the eroticism -- it's a noisome
blend of bogus psychology, tumid dramatics and film-school visuals.