Occupying a treacherous zone between self-referential narrative and disbelief-suspending drama, this tantalizing story about storytelling (1999, 126 min.) emphasizes the perspectives of three characters—a former fisherman (David Strathairn) pressured to take up the profession again, a moderately successful singer who’s also a moderately successful mother (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), and her unhappy teenage daughter (Vanessa Martinez), an aspiring writer. As the Alaskan setting shifts from Juneau to the wilderness, the movie’s self-consciousness about being a fictional narrative intensifies, yet magically so does the drama. This brash shocker by John Sayles—who wrote, directed, and edited—is bound to annoy as many people as it intrigues.