This film is a brilliant adaptation. The actors shine in their roles, but particularly Catherine Deneuve, who plays one of her few unsavoury characters. The story is full of manipulation, intrigue and revenge. It is a masterpiece, and handled with good care. The american version is good, but this is just better. This review refers to the extended french version with english subs. the length really allows you to become engrossed in the film. It is superb, set in the 1960s, so it has undergone some updating. I would recommend this to anyone. A joy to watch!