The movie can seem slow, to those that are accustomed to the more modern (2000s) style movies, which is when I am writing this review, having seen this
only just recently as in Feb 2013!!
The period the movie is set in also seems a bit dated, when I comes to personal relationships, women's rights and so on.
However, that said, I am a huge Loren fan and an equally Burton fan that I just had to get this to add to my collection.
(Since Netflix did not have this either streamed or as a DVD rental...)
The storyline goes as such, Ordinary family girl loves the local rich enthrepreneur's son and is hoping that someday she can marry him.
In the meantime, the son's father passes, quite suddenly perhaps, due to some illness and bequeaths this particular son (Burton) the responsibility of getting his younger brother married.
It so happens the younger brother claims an interest in the girl (Loren) and Burton is forced to request for Loren's hand in marriage to his brother, while we are shown in the scene when Burton is conveying the message to Loren's mother, that Burton too was very much in love with Loren, but just had not had the chance to express his intentions, when suddenly he is burdened with the task of asking for the girl's hand in marriage to his brother.
Due to societal constraints and high morals, Loren suppresses her real desires, marries the brother, finds that she is really not in love with the man she has married, which perhaps is the cause for her later illness related to the heart.....afterall supressed anxiety, stress and sorrow over periods of time can only lead to physical complications right??
The husband dies during the first half of the movie and now Burton moves back into the life of Loren, but only as a concerned brother-in-law. That is until it becomes evident that Loren is now very sick and is in need of a professional advise.
Which is when Burton takes Loren on this Journey in the quest to find out what is wrong with her health.
They are then given the chance to really experience each other's company, albeit conservatively, yet they realize the mutual attraction and declare their love for each other. This in particular was quite well done, in my opinion.
The love scenes with SL and RB, I felt was fitting for that particular mood in the movie, the awkwardness or the social norms taking precidence over expressing desires....So, yes, it did seem as if they were both holding back and did not let go of their raw passion..Well, at least that's my take on the less than average visual romance.
Overall a bitter sweet movie and I did enjoy it, nonetheless.