Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
United Kingdom/USA, 1985. Pressman Productions, RKO Pictures. Screenplay by David Hare, based on his play. Cinematography by Ian Baker. Produced by Joseph Papp, Edward R. Pressman. Music by Bruce Smeaton. Production Design by Richard Macdonald. Costume Design by Ruth Myers. Film Editing by Peter Honess. New York Film Critics Awards 1985.
Meryl Streep‘s riveting performance is the only thing worth taking away from this flat adaptation by David Hare of his own stage play. She plays a British woman who gets involved with the French resistance during World War II, only to be disillusioned when post-war England turns out not to be anything like the world she felt she was fighting to create. By the end, her inability to find happiness in the continually antique, classist society she lives in (Hare’s commentary on the road to Thatcherism) drives her to the edge of her own sanity. Pretty tough material which Streep’s charisma and intelligence should carry easily, but the story moves along disjointedly and the characters’ motivations are often frustrating in their obscurity. For fans of the great actress only, as anyone else will be bored to tears.