Sellers is outstanding as a Leo Fitzjohn, a retired general looking to escape a bleak existence in this fine adaptation of Jean Anouilh's bittersweet stage comedy. The film opens just before the outbreak of WWI. Fitzjohn has retired from the army and now lives on his manor with his
shrewish wife, Emily (Leighton), whom he can't stand. Tortured by loneliness, Fitzjohn pines for the days when he had a platonic affair 17 years before with Ghislaine (Robin), a beautiful young Frenchwoman. Surprisingly, Ghislaine arrives at the manor claiming fidelity to the general and demanding
that they consummate the relationship. Fitzjohn jumps at the chance, but circumstances forc...