Fred Schepisi, 124 mins, UK/USA, 1985, 35mm. Courtesy: Fred Schepisi. Print Courtesy: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Possessing a host of first-class pedigrees (Sam Neill, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman, John Gielgud, Sting and Ian McKellen), Fred Schepisi's criminally underrated masterpiece is a witty, dry and intensely absorbing adaptation of David Hare's acclaimed play.

The growing social malaise of Western Europe over the years following World War II is charted through the character of Susan Traherne, a young English fighter in the French Resistance, superbly portrayed by Meryl Streep.

Schepisi delivers a consuming anatomy of disappointment, as the complex and strong-willed Susan moves from idealism to frustration and madness in her passage through a succession of bleak political and personal events.

"The performances supply one brilliant solo after another" Roger Ebert

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