Judging from the synopsis, I was anticipating a deep, dark, colourless and raw portrayal of Liberaci and his younger male lover – something along the lines of A Single Man. Lo and behold, these expectations were quashed after the first scene alone. Soderberg effortlessly threw all 2,400 members of the opening film festival audience into downtown 70s Vegas; a world of diamonds and gold, oversized ornaments and marble hot tubs, diet pills and champagne, fake tan and plastic surgery. Yet overindulgence and vulgarity aside, the film managed to capture the nuances of a tragic love affair. A perfect balance which was no doubt struck by the stellar performances of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. This adaptation is clever, absorbing and hopefully mind opening to many. Catch it at the Film Festival this month.