A penniless Parisian ingenue taken in by a fractious couple.
Harsh realities and the frivolity of the aristocracy played out against a stunning Parisian backdrop in another offering form the Merchant-Ivory tem.
It's very much by the numbers: lots of uncomfortable looks being exchanged in dimly-lit rooms, impressive production values, Maggie Smith wiping the floor with everyone else and a pretty girl (Isabelle Adjani) who can't act particularly well.
Merchant Ivory fans will no doubt enjoy a story in which the real drama is in what remains unsaid, but others will be willing the cast to just bloody do something.
Fairly stock period piece in which the cast do very little set against a stunning backdrop.