There are ten short stories in A.M. Homes's collection The Safety of Objects
, and writer-director Rose Troche (GO FISH, BEDROOMS & HALLWAYS) chose unwisely to weave six into a single screenplay. The result is a tangle of tangential subplots and tertiary characters crowding an already complicated story about four suburban families linked by a terrible car accident. Driving home after a gig, aspiring musician Paul Gold (Joshua Jackson) swerved to avoid hitting an oncoming car, instead crashing into an embankment. A year later, Paul is still in a coma, cared for at home by his attentive mother, Esther (Glenn Close). His teenaged sister, Julie (Jessica Campbell), ...