Ismail MERCHANT, Jean-Pierre MAHOT (La Querantonnais)
Director James Ivory brings the bohemian Paris neighborhood of Montparnasse in the 1920s to life in this film based on the novel by Jean Rhys. Isabelle Adjani stars as Marya Zelli, a beautiful young wife who finds herself destitute after her art dealer husband is sent to prison for theft. A rich patron, H.J. Heidler (Alan Bates), and his painter wife, Lois (Maggie Smith), offer to take Marya in. Heidler, a womanizing ogre with a history of taking advantage of helpless young women, soon seduces Marya while Lois painfully accepts his philandering ways.