A quiet, dry examination of passion in a cage. What it means to be a gentleman and a lady, and how that is incongruous with modern, indulgent desires. Jeremy Irons is adorable when incredulous. She was kind of just a whore, though.
I remember how heralded Streep's performance was in this film at the time. Honestly, I have to hand it all to Irons, he is so gifted and perhaps all too often overlooked. His manic search for his blemished love is sublime.