Irene Jacob, Michael Imperioli & Sophie Auster
One of the lead roles
In this engagingly fanciful film written and directed by Paul Auster, Martin Frost
retreats to the country home of friends after finishing a novel that took three years to complete. He savors the silence and the solitude until one morning he awakens to find an attractive woman there; she calls herself Claire. They have frisky sex, and he is buoyed by her love of his work. She claims to be the niece of the woman who owns the house but Martin
later learns she has not been telling the truth about who she is. By the time he questions her about her identity, he is madly in love with her.
Auster calls this drama a philosophical mystery, and it embraces such themes as the creative process, love, and imagination. The closing section of the film veers off into more mystifications, including the presence of another writer and a stunningly beautiful relative of his.