The kind of movie that lingers on in your head, just like the best fairy tales do.
From Ken Holmes:
Roger, I appreciated your review. I know what you wrote about the wrong person saying, "my butterfly"; I noted it when it happened but I lost it almost immediately. Still, it reminded me of the silent, momentary close up of the tattooed arm in "Harold and Maude." I notice "The Conversation" mentioned on your site with relation to DVD's. I thought of that movie as I watched "The American" and I thought of "Sonatine"; they are not the same but I was reminded of them. Of "The American" I say, it was taut, it was very good, it was going somewhere and then it had a stroke or something (or maybe I did).
I know we always suspend something to get into the story, but the complete lack of law enforcement was notable.