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  • Summary: Adapted from a Somerset Maugham novella, the film is set in a 1938 Florence provincial town struggling to maintain its equilibrium as Mussolini's Fascists are consolidating their power.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. The story has old-fashioned characters and situations, and Haas has sensibly filmed it in an old-fashioned way, stressing visual appeal rather than the story's sordid undertones. The acting is excellent, too.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Is a chamber romance, in that there's nothing grand or sweeping about it, but it's got all the style it needs to go with those glorious Tuscan settings.
  3. Reviewed by: Phoebe Flowers
    75
    A refined, tasteful film about pure, hard lust.
  4. Moderately pleasing adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novella.
  5. 60
    Despite his natty wardrobe and calculated sangfroid, Penn doesn't summon up quite the right image.
  6. 50
    Genteel but ultimately unnecessary entertainment.
  7. 35
    The total lack of sexual chemistry between them doesn't help. Frankly, I'd rather see Scott Thomas play a nun than sit through another one of these turgid romancers.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1

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