As his fiftieth birthday approaches, life holds no fears for Stephen Fleming (Jeremy Irons), a respected Conservative Member of Parliament and Junior Minister marked by the Prime Minister for high ministerial office. Secure in his enduring marriage to Ingrid (Miranda Richardson), he has no premonition of the storm that is about to engulf him when he meets Anna (Juliette Binoche) at an embassy cocktail party. Although she is already involved in a relationship with his journalist son, Martyn (Rupert Graves), she acknowledges the immediate physical bond between them and they are quickly enmeshed in a passionate affair. Stephen is unwilling to break free from his obsession with Anna and continues to maintain the facade of normality. The relationship intensifies despite the announcement of Martyn and Anna’s engagement. When tragedy finally and inevitably strikes, Anna is a survivor and it is Stephen and his family who must pay the price.
I didn't like this film. I had wanted to see if for quite some time but when I did, it didn't live up to my expectations.
Jeremy Irons did his typical speaking looks and saying nothing much. The intimate moments were improbable, looked uncomfortable and well nigh impossible. I can't understand why an actress of the calibre or Juliette Binoch was even in it.
I did not like the story and the dialogue was somewhat dire...
To be honest I turned it off after 30 minutes and mailed it back, I was that disappointed in it, maybe times have just moved on.
Try it for yourself, but be warned that it may not be to your taste.