River Phoenix is astounding in this... but....
... too bad the movie is an abject mess.
This could be his greatest performance, and his scenes are a riveting reminder of what kind of adult actor he was becoming, but the film around him clearly doesn't work at all, and it doesn't know what it wants to be.
It reminds me, also, of how River was originally attached to INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE as one of the leads (before being pushed-down by producer David Geffen to the supporting role of the interviewer before, of course, dying and his part was filled by Christian Slater).
It makes one wonder how Phoenix would have fared in the role of tormented widower Louis in that (also messed-up) picture. Certainly nothing Cruise nor Pitt could do could ever compare to Phoenix and he did in SILENT TONGUE.
If only it was a better movie.
Non-sequiturs are delicious.