The film starts with Hester (Rachel Weisz) trying to kill herself and then back tracks to how she got to that point of utter despair.
She is married to a loving but proper High Court Judge William (Simon Russell Beale) but falls passionately in love with former second world war fighter pilot Freddie (Tom Hiddleston). Theirs is a physical relationship, the antithesis of her marriage but Freddie struggles with the intensity of the emotion Hester feels for him.
Director Terence Davies has given the film the feel of an old movie which is fitting for the setting to a point. He also allows the actors room to act without reams of dialogue which always scores points with me. And the performances are appropriately big but in such an understated way, if that makes any sense at all. I particularly enjoyed seeing the wonderful SRB up on the big screen, it feels like a real treat.
However there was something in it that just occasionally pushed it into melodrama territory for me. I don't think the music helped with its blistering violins and neither did the sepia, old movie tones. And, for the first time I sat in a cinema wishing I could see it one stage.
It going to get 70% from me on IMDb it's got 61% but no Metacritic score as yet. On Rotten Tomatoes it's got 88% from critics and 52% of visitors to the site have given it three and a half stars or more.