The period setting here has a stifling impact, seemingly too constrained by the accuracy of the time to let any air in. My problems weren't aesthetic, but why indulge the ostentatious exteriors then have so much of the film as chamber settings? I at least wanted to admire the perspective, the revolving politics, but so much was a chore, unevenly caught between experimenting and ossification.
This idiosyncratic study of friendship, loyalty and betrayal between two aristocrats (and former lovers) during the French Revolution manifests a political conservatism only latent in this Director's films about contemporary French society. Though lacking the freshness and charm of his best work it is still well-acted and quietly compelling with much subtlety and a scrupulous attention to historic detail.
Soffermarsi alla considerazione che sia un'opera "controrivoluzionaria" sarebbe un errore di superficialità. Rohmer ci mostra invece quanto la storia possa essere crudele, talvolta cieca. Un lezione necessaria per chi non ha ancora ben capito che "la rivoluzione non è un pranzo di gala".