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Genre: Drama, Feature Director: James Ivory Release date: 12/02/2007
Runtime: 101 minutes Language: English Distributor: Prism Leisure Corp. Plc
Isabelle Adjani, Alan Bates, Maggie Smith, Anthony Higgins, Sebastien Floche, Pierre Clementi, Jean-Pierre Mahot, Isabelle Canto da Maya, Daniel Chatto, Suzanne Flon, Sheila Gish, Daniel Mesguich, Paulita Sedgewick, Bernice Stegers, Virginie Thevenet
Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Jean Rhys, this Merchant-Ivory drama is set in bohemian 1920s Paris. Isabelle Adjani stars as Marya Zelli, a beautiful young novelist who finds herself destitute when her art dealer husband, Stephan (Anthony Higgins) is sent to prison for theft. A rich patron, H.J. Heidler (Alan Bates), and his artist wife, Lois (Maggie Smith), offer to take Marya in for the duration of Stephan's incarceration. Heidler, a shameless philanderer with a history of taking advantage of helpless young women, soon seduces Marya - while Lois painfully accepts his infidelity. The film was screened at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.