Well-photographed and acted version of LP Hartley story. Unfortunately none of the characters are sympathethic and the story is told very slowly indeed. Sarah Miles was very cute, no wonder Robert Shaw had the hots for her.
Great acting, but "the hireling" himself turns out to be an asshole, so you kind of can't feel as sorry for him as the director wants you to, especially since he fulfills the very lower class stereotype he looks down on, although I suppose that's the whole point! The female character is a victim of the male dominated society of both classes. Just so hard to watch this emotional car crash.