German migr Ulrich Mott (Christoph Waltz) wanted influence in Washington, and he found it through marriage to much-older, widowed D.C. socialite Elsa Brecht (Vanessa Redgrave). He seemed every bit the grieving spouse after his wife's abrupt passing, but her law professor daughter (Annette Bening) wasn't buying it-and he may be running out of lines to spin. Waltz's directing bow, inspired by the Albrecht Muth/Viola Herms Drath case, co-stars Corey Hawkins, Caroline Palmer. 99 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.