I expected too much from this film. I thought it would contain a thoughtful script, a well-told story, great acting, and really good period detail and post-war feel to the sets. It has all of those things, but, for some reason, it is a huge disappointment as a movie. It is terribly slow, the camera lingering indulgently over some scenes which don't seem to deserve the attention they get. There is comparatively little dialogue, which is a pity, as the inclusion of a little more talking might help to convince the viewer of exactly what the beautiful and cultured Hester Collyer sees in the irritating, childish, selfish wastrel for whom she falls so completely and disastrously. It cannot even be explained by the possibility that she just fancied a bit of rough, because he doesn't fall into that category, either. Ultimately, I was left no wiser at the end, and very irritated at all the lingering scenes of Hester standing and staring into the middle distance while the violin concerto soundtrack squeals dramatically over the top. In short, the communication of the story is too restrained, while everything else is overblown. The film could have been cut by forty minutes and lost nothing.
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