Sylvia Kristel smoulders in this adaptation of the classic D.H.Lawrence novel, and as with the "Emmanuelle" films, she brings a sophisticated class, and sensual intensity to the sexual core of the storyline. Beautiful countryside, a strong cast, rich and lush settings, and burning passion !! The stunning Sylvia Kristel was an unusual, but mostly successful, choice for the role in this film, (which can be enjoyed on many levels).
If you take the film for what it is....well played "adult" entertainment, and do not look for anything too serious, the movie is there to be enjoyed ! There have been many other more "worthy" TV/Film versions of this great novel, if that is what you are looking for !
The film settings do have an authentic feel to them, and the whole tone of the movie is quite "dark", and fairly respectful to this outstanding English author. In my opinion it does not appear overly "sensational", and the strong sexual nature of this classic is handled quite tastefully and with the necessary care. It is a fairly traditional telling of the story, but look elsewhere if you are searching for a version that really does justice to D.H.Lawrence`s great work.