DISLIKE. ALSO it's the EDWARDIAN ERA not the "Victorian" era.
We learn nothing, really, about Marian and Ted's illicit affair (and/or grand passion) except what we can glean from Leo's necessarily blinkered point of view -- the camera, often perched right behind one of his shoulders, cleverly reveals the limitations of his perspective, as hemmed in by overbearing architecture as it is by cultural constraints. Not that there's any very convincing suggestion here of rosier prospects for happiness after sexual liberation -- there are curses and curses, after all, and the past is never so foreign as we imagine.
The movie succeeds excellently in describing the Victorian Era, still IMHO it's a shame this movie has won the highest award in Cannes 1971 rather than Loves of Blonde by M Forman
Losey's Palme d'Or winning adaptation of L.P. Hartley's superb Edwardian-set novel is very enjoyable but could have been a lot better. A young boy staying at the country home of a wealthy school friend becomes involved in a doomed love affair between his friend's sister and a local farmer when he agrees to deliver messages between the two. Like other Losey films I've seen, e.g. Accident, I found it a little cold.....