What initially seemed like an european-touring-soap-opera rapidly evolved into a dense, absorbing melodrama - each shot filled with passion and love. The character's self-conscience over their unfortunate lives gives them such dignity and tragedy that they emerge as heroes of their own mediocrity. To find beauty, romance and sacrifice in such a banal protagonist is Sirk's triumph. Catholic ressonance all the way.
June Allyson didn't grow into Jane Wyman, so the film lacks Sirk's usually sturdy centerpiece, but this is still one of his wildest and most beautiful films. The classical elements bring out some of the master's fiercest and most striking compositions and scenes.