Early scenes establish Bergen as April, bored young wife and mother; her husband, Chappie Mundy (Christopher Morsley), is a self-absorbed bureaucrat. While avoiding the sexual advances of Chappie’s boss, April spends her time
shoplifting petty items. Scenes involving April’s parents obliquely suggest a history of child abuse: Her philatelist father (Kenneth Welsh) has a strange attitude toward her; her mother, who’s seriously into environmental causes, has
little time for her.
Things take off when a store that April’s checking out is invaded by a quintet of masked young robbers who almost accidentally make off with her with her after they steal a minuscule amount of cash. This hard-to-swallow kidnapping is followed by lengthy scenes of April and the gang at a warehouse hideout. She gradually falls for Leif (Aaron Blabey), who, like her, is scarred – in his case, literally. Eventually, she leads the gang to her father’s house and his valuable stamp collection, but the denouement – which involves an unmotivated revenge shooting – is totally implausible.
Comedy elements are awkwardly handled, especially some sub–Harold Pinter dialogue in a post-funeral scene, in which characters aimlessly repeat themselves. The theme of child molestation seems too serious to be used in such
a routine romantic story.
Pic is professionally made, with Steve Arnold’s camera often lingering lovingly on Bergen’s face.