The story revolves around a family where a woman lies in a coma and is about to die. Her husband, who dearly loves her, (but was too busy for her), is told by his teenage daughter, that his wife was cheating on him. To add to his troubles, he is the sole trustee of a huge piece of land in Hawaii (They are Hawaiian) that he has to decide whether to sell or not, a decision that will affect the ecology of the island. Plus, his daughters seem to be maladjusted and he cannot handle them. Slowly, the man confronts the demons, the boyfriend and learns how to establish a relationship with his kids.
The story is lyrical and the sunny island setting, the casual Hawain shirts and the soothing folk music enhance this lyrical feeling. The ugliness of the affair and the sadness of the impending death are at odds with this natural beauty but work with it to create a melancholic feeling inside you.
George Clooney as the husband is straight faced and retains an ironic sense of practicality with a trace of humour. You weep just looking at him trying to make sense of the things that are happening to him. The two daughters are also heartbreakers.
Watch this movie if you have an appetite for serious relationship movies. I came out feeling really depressed and sad yet with a richer understanding of the value of family. But it may really ruin your dinner plans later.