Fans of Olivier Martinez will not be disappointed with this offering which shot him to stardom in France. He and Juliette Binoche deliver excellent performances in this story. Martinez plays Angelo, a handsome hussar on the run from Austrian assassins. On his way to Italy he meets Pauline, and the two travel through cholera ridden France, trying to avoid the French army. She is looking for her missing husband, something which clearly upsets Angelo, as he struggles to contain his feelings. The relationship between the two keeps the viewer in suspense, right until the end. He plays a complete gentleman, and it is refreshing that they do not even kiss, yet there is unmistakeable attraction between the two. The ending is surprising, and full of twists, but leaves the viewer wanting more. The film sees a good combination of dry humour, as well as sadness. It is an excellent, well shot film, with captivating scenery. Well worth watching.