"While I too was frustrated by the lack of resolution (perhaps because we are so tied into the hollywood filmmaking mode that we cannot see beyond it?) there was an element from this film that nobody has mentioned. The accuracy of the manners of the people is spot on. In the countess I heard my grandmother's way of talking and in the strict adherence to form I felt echoes of how mum tried to bring us up. This is really what northern germany was like for many people a century ago."