Jesse Peretz made his directorial debut with this intimate romantic drama adapted from a short story by Ian McEwan, switching McEwan's setting from an industrial English seaside town to the Louisiana bayou. Joey (Giovanni Ribisi) and Sissel (Natasha Gregson Wagner) live in a drab house on stilts, along with Sissel's lonely younger brother Adrian (Eli Marienthal). After Sissel introduces Joey to her father, Vietnam-vet Henry (Robert John Burke), the two men form a business catching eels. However, mistrust, anxieties, and arguments threaten the love Joey and Sissel share, and they begin to drift apart. Shown at the 1997 Toronto Film Festival.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 101min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 08/07/1998
- Distributor(s): Strand
Natasha Gregson Wagner
- Themes: Fathers and Daughters,Sibling Relationships
- Tone: Intimate,Tense
brother, eel, father, lover, relationship
- Country of Origin: USA (09-11-1998)