The role of Julia Lambert was just made for Annette Bening. She is at once charming, conniving, lovable, anguished, and brilliant. And Annette does all this was a flawless British accent. It’s the story of an aging stage actress managed by her long-time husband, Michael (Jeremy Irons). When Julia requests a break from her play, her husband refuses. A young American enters the picture, Tom Fennel (Shaun Evans), and makes a few successful passes at Julia. Charmed by his youth, she eventually surrenders to his advances and later becomes seriously involved with him. Since Julia and Michael have an “open marriage”, their little flings on the side don’t seem to bother either of them much. However, when Tom becomes interested in a budding actress his own age, Avice Crichton (Lucy Punch), Julia is first devastated but then begins planning delicious revenge on everyone concerned.
This a delightful film, and Annette Bening keeps viewers interested and entertained from the first scene to the last.