London, 1938. Stage diva Julia Lambert (Annette Bening) has it all: financial success, critical plaudits, loving hubby (Jeremy Irons). And yet she feels "lost", wistfully murmuring, "I wish something would happen." That something turns out to be Tom (Shaun Evans), a boyishly handsome, respectfully star-struck yank who's young enough to be her son but, of course, becomes her lover.
Good to see a movie that recognises midlife crisis isn't a male freehold, the Oscar-nommed Bening exploring every wrinkle of a complex character. Far less pleasing is István Szabó's fastidious treatment. Grave tone, funeral pacing and hushed lighting? Is this the theatre or the mortuary, dahling?