Even if you’re a Merchant/Ivory fan, you might be slightly disappointed. Hopkins and Linney are always good and if you’re a fan of Charlotte, you won’t regret it. The breadth of her range is always enough. But apart from those things, the film’s lethargic plot results in too much self-consciousness: poorly-made cocktails, inclement weather, and full of Tolstoy’s definition of boredom: the desire for desires.
The film is not really good, like most of the recent Ivory films and the type of film is not so different each time : an international cast (great actors here again, Linney and Hopkins), a foreign country and very chic people who talk about the problems they have in their life while drinking a cocktail, champagne and watching a fabulous opera... A little bit cliché