The film explores a gamut of emotions: high-octane obsessive love, furious jealousy and miserable feelings of rejection experienced by a man, his mistress and new wife. The structure of the story is as a retrospective narrative by the man told to his rather cynical new grandmother-in-law on the eve of his wedding. The film deftly balances explosive emotional scenes, erotic love-making and quiet, reflective interludes. There is an aura of decadence about the film enhanced by ravishing, elaborate costumes, and ornate interiors. It's a beautiful film to look at and the acting is very good with a super-charged performance by Asia Argentino as the Spanish mistress.