A complex movie about a prison guard and the widow of an executed prisoner. Not a pretty story and neither character is a saint, but I enjoyed the movie immensely. I was riveted by how these two characters, different in all respects, came to meet and form a relationship. The movie gets high marks for avoiding cliches and letting the characters communicate via looks, reactions, and body language.
[2009: Not to mention that this is where Halle Berry picked up her Academy Award (tm) for Best Actress. Worth watching just for the last scene.