Not sure why folks are lukewarm on this. TWLITF has affecting performances (yes, Del Toro, but the kids are pretty good too) complemented by arty cinematography. I liked the de-saturated colors, close ups, and judicious use of music. The twin themes of loss and addiction lend themselves to melodramatic overtones, but it's all underpinned by a compassion that overrides the mawkish. Ok, the earlobe thing is a bit much.
Première incursion de la talentueuse cinéaste danoise dans l'univers contraignant du cinéma américain, gardant avec bonheur, cette subtile faculté de révéler l'intensité émotionnelle d'un regard, sertie d'une incommensurable capacité d'appréhender une émotion fugitive, de capter un sentiment occulté ou une discrète fêlure. www.cinefiches.com
this movie had potential. unfortunately the photography of the film was awful to watch and the music/soundeffects were more than cheesy. both main actors - benicio del toro and halle barry performed great but couldnt save the movie imho. conclusion: not worth the time watching. i expected more from susanne bier.