Theatrical auteur Deborah Warner makes her feature-film directorial debut with an adaptation of Elizabeth Bowen's novel about the end of a class and its way of life, specifically the Anglo-Irish aristocracy in Ireland. County Cork, 1920: The
mammoth country home of Sir Richard Naylor (Michael Gambon) and his wife, Lady Myra (Maggie Smith), is an oasis of security and privilege. But outside, Irish rebels are engaged in a small-scale but brutal battle against the British army. The Naylors, we soon realize, are in denial about all this,
and the film spends most of its time observing the way their carefully constructed facade begins to crumble. Among the agents of chan...