Young Dominic Scott Kay is a revelation in the title role of this idiosyncratic, unbiassed study of a traumatized, anti-social woman and her disporportioned motherly love towards her 6 year old son, Loverboy. Baconís direction in his first cinematic feature is deliberately lingering and low-key. His intention is to give a heartfelt and deep rendition of Victoria Redelís novel, narrating in thematically motivated non-linear segments, making his film increasingly revealing and effective as it moves along. In many ways, this is not an easy story to convert to the screen, because of the intense and often static nature of the relationship between Emily and Paul. It is a relationship of both wonder and agony as Paul grows independent without his motherís understanding. Bacon captures this duality, and conducts a film that never seizes to interest. And even though his film for periods remains challenging and strenuous, his wrap-up shows class and poise. Sedgwick and Kay develop an impressive on-screen closeness, and a number of bit-parts by skilled character performers liven the film up.