After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie, who is now married. The relationship between Richard and Natalie proves dangerously obsessional. Their private intensity (& working class origins) contrast with the middle-class, inhibited, stuffy public scenes we see in the Richmond world into which Natalie has moved with her marriage. As the guilt and intensity of the siblings increases we seem to be heading for disaster, especially when Natalie’s husband Sinclair finds out.
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User Reviews: I’m surprised this movie isn’t rated higher – I can’t think of anyone who’s seen it who hasn’t liked it. Women who see it are all mesmerised by Alan Rickman, who rather steals the show. For many women this was their first taste of Rickman, and it was love at first sight! He _is_ good, and he’s cast in an interesting role (Saskia Reeves cheats on him when she has an affair with her brother, played by Clive Owen, who was probably more famous than Rickman at the time because he’d recently starred in a very successful TV drama series). The incest plot is treated very well – the script, acting and direction are excellent. The whole situation is set up so as not to shock, but to make us think, and I think the film succeeds.