Interesting to read the reviews written here on Amazon for this film. How some have felt the storyline unrealistic; how Kristin Scott-Thomas's character just wouldn't have behaved this way (so selfishly to her family through her passion with the Spanish builder), the husband wouldn't have been so possessive and unfeeling towards her, her children wouldn't have been so dismissive of her in the case of the daughter, and so understanding in the case of the son. I can only assume these reviewers haven't experienced a failed marriage or are under fifty, and haven't had the experience of watching the marriages of close friends/relations go down the pan. Oh, and to the reviewer who thinks husbands shouldn't be able to lock down their wife's finances in this way, remember it is set in France, not the UK (the divorce laws are quite different), and anyway I don't think she's had too bad a life so far.... This film accurately shows how one marriage, in an instant, can be set on a crash course. I found all the actors in this film top-notch, and the storyline eminently believable. In fact, after a bit of googling, there seemed a faint whiff of biography in it, but that's for you to seek out. A challenging film to watch for me, and will be so for many others, but definitely a quality one.