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An adaptation of Jean Rhys' semi-autobiographical novel (for another angle on the affair, see Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier), in which a victim of circumstances, stranded in the Paris of the '20s when her con-man husband is jailed, becomes subject to the predatory help of a hedonistic upper class English couple. Maggie Smith and Alan Bates successfully personify the cold spirit that Rhys held to be pre-war England, but Adjani manages merely to reduce Marya's fatalism to spinelessness. The direction, intimate yet retaining a sense of distance, is true both to Rhys and to Ivory.

By: FD

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Duration: 101 mins

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Director: James Ivory
Screenwriter: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Cast: Isabelle Adjani
Anthony Higgins
Maggie Smith
Alan Bates
Pierre Clémenti
Daniel Mesguich
Suzanne Flon
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