I just watched this movie again over the weekend. It's one of those movies that if I come across it when I am just clicking through the channels, I watch it til the end.
But still I miss most of the dialog no matter how far I turn up the volume or how closely I watch. I'd like to buy the movie and watch it over and over and be able to scroll super-slow through the parts I keep missing. Like the small, through-away comments the Maggie Smith character tosses off, and the telephone conversation the Bob Balaban character has in the background while the murder investigation is going on. I think part of it is the style of the director Robert Altman who often has many characters in a movie all talking at the same time and maybe it's the multitude of accents going on.
But that cast of actors is amazing and I always discover someone who I didn't recognize before (this time it was Clive Owen). I love how an American movie director nailed all the details of that exotic world. So if anyone can tell me what was going on in that movie I would appreciate it.