(out of 5)
Mix glossy soap opera with gritty kitchen-sink drama and you have this enjoyable British import. A working-class industrialist (Laurence Harvey) trying to make it up the corporate ladder indulges in two love affairs: one with a sexy, older and unhappily married Frenchwoman (Simone Signoret), and one with his boss’s young daughter (Heather Sears), whose relationship with him is a good career stepping stone. Things get tricky when Signoret starts to actually win his heart and Sears gets a bit complicated in her demands on him. As with all movies about lurid sexual matters made in the fifties and sixties, this one isn’t nearly as mature and realistic as it must have seemed upon its release. Signoret is stunning, though she had much better roles in French films, and Hermione Baddeley shines as her neighbour and confidante.
Directed by Jack Clayton
Cinematography by Freddie Francis
Music by Mario Nascimbene
Production Design by Ralph W. Brinton
Costume Design by Rahvis
Film Editing by Ralph Kemplen