Eight years after she surprised critics with her dark and disturbing CRUSH, writer-director Alison Maclean returns with a sweet and sad adaptation of Denis Johnson's collection of stories about junkie life in the heartland. The film begins in the middle: It's 1974, and a
greasy young hitchhiker is standing on the side of the road, looking for his girl. Who he is and how he came to be thumbing a ride in the pouring rain becomes clear as the film flashes back to Iowa City, three years earlier, when a young drifter known only as "FH" (Billy Crudup) meets and falls
for heroin addict Michelle (Samantha Morton); a year later they're sharing needles in a dirty Holiday Inn...