The movie thinks it’s a prequel. Good visual sense but clumsy, non-dramatic, and laborious set-up. When everything’s good to go, the thing just ends.
According to the IMDB, the director, Scott Stewart, made a short film called “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” I haven’t seen it but it must be based on the Carver story. Except, the tag line is: “Love can be a terrible, wonderful thing.”
If this is any indication of where this guy’s coming from, then I’m guessing he doesn’t have much of a sense of story.