Philip Seymour Hoffman's Truman Capote is one of the most mesmerizing and phenomenal performances I've witnessed from an actor, ever. Capote is the best film of 2005, in my opinion, and I've seen most of the top dogs since my Dad brought em in on DVD bootlegged from China a couple weeks ago. I was more impressed and more affected emotionally by Capote than by Brokeback Mountain.
The most important single image in the film, which acts as a recurring theme, is that of one of the victims of the killings Truman Capote investigates for his non-fiction novel, In Cold Blood. The Cuttler family's (who are all murdered by two sociopathic drifters in Holcomb Kansas in 1959) son is in bed, and the killers lay a pillow under one side of his head to comfort him, while a shotgun is put to the other side and fired. It is this act both of sensitivity/comfort contrasted with the harsh means of taking life to serve one's own that encapsulates the character of Truman Capote. He befriends the killers, humanizes them, and offers them false comfort and hope, as he exploits them and wishes them (and essentially allows them) to die to serve his "story". He's a brilliant manipulator, who is not just manipulating others, but himself as well. The scene when he confronts his subjects for the final time is gut-wrenching, multi-faceted, and a master achievement by Hoffman.
Love expresses itself in strange and horrible ways, especially when you're so afraid of it.