Despite the cast (and only Rhys is believable), Maybury's downbeat drama suffers from unlikeable characters and an overwrought plot. Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (Rhys), who's a drunken lout, is doing war work in London in 1940. He reconnects with ex-girlfriend Vera Phillips (Knightley) who then befriends Dylan's hard-drinking Irish wife Caitlin (Miller). Vera marries English soldier William Killick (Murphy) but sets up house with the Thomases when he's sent overseas. Much bad behavior, jealousy, and resentment ensues, leading to violence when a shell-shocked William returns.