(out of 5)
Not the liveliest film around, this is a handsome and elegant adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s novel. It stars Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman caught in one dangerous relationship with Sean Penn and nearly ruined by a fleeting encounter with Jeremy Davies. Anne Bancroft stands out as one of the grand dames living in the countryside of Italy where the story takes place. Philip Haas is stepping a notch down from his previous film, the excellent Angels and Insects (also starring Scott Thomas), but with actors like these and such gorgeous settings (the production design being an especial plus) I found it worth sticking around for.
October Films, Intermedia Films, Mirage Enterprises
Produced by Geoff Stier
Music by Pino Donaggio
Production Design by Paul Brown
Costume Design by Paul Brown
Film Editing by Belinda Haas