I realize Depardieu is a giant colossal joke these days, but when he was in his prime he was unbeatable. This story was made for him, and they put a lot of thought and care into this production. Strangely enough this was the same year he made 'Green Card' which is arguably the beginning of the long slow painful to watch decline.
" You take everything... The laurel and the rose too! Go on, take them! But, in spite of you one thing goes with me now. And tonight, when I at last God behold my salute will sweep his blue threshold with something spotless, a diamond in the ash... which I take in spite of you and that's... My panache. "
The dialogues are so beautiful, they set the perfect pace to a duel or a declaration of love. Aesthetically speaking, this film was such a nice surprise and the scene in the balcony where the camera bounces up (balcony) and down (garden) in the middle of a darkness filled with beautiful and poetic love words left me breathless.