As impressive as Carpentier is, Shea returns every actorly volley with seeming ease. At first, Stevie is mostly telling him to shut up as the tearful Martin tries to get a word in, and he dutifully complies. But in this beautifully structured hour and a quarter without intermission, all is building up to culminating speeches by each of them that give us surprising insights into their states of mind. For Martin it is a tender examination breaking down the baffling and woeful concatenation of attraction and lust and irrational soulmate mystery that has troubled our species ever since we were blessed or cursed with self-awareness.

All that and a concluding scene that will take your breath away as Carpentier, hope and fear in her eyes, shows Stevie solving their problem in one deft, viciously loving act.

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