Set on the Costa Brava in Spain, a gentle Spanish gardener, Jose, befriends Nicholas, the frail 10-year-old son of the household and in doing so falls foul of the boys father, a failed diplomat tortured by his own marital and career inadequacies.
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Familiar mechanics here: the homosexual subtext favoured so often by Bogarde in his choice of roles, delivered in his mid-period style of pensive, pallid masculinity. It's a missed opportunity: pitched in the wrong format in a period constrained by censorship. Rather than overcoming these strictures, the film timidly cowers within them and rarely offers anything approaching character study despite the talent at hand.