Alice Birch - the British screenwriter behind Normal People - has a rare and radiant talent for adaptation. Come for a period drama disrobed of stuffiness and cloaked in sensuousness, stay for a raft of exquisitely sad performances from Brits Colman, O’Connor, Firth and relative newcomer Odessa Young.
Mother’s Day, 1924. Housemaid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) is given the day to spend as she pleases while her employers Mr and Mrs Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman) have lunch elsewhere. Jane uses the opportunity to see her secret lover and family friend of the Niven’s, Paul (Josh O’Connor), who is engaged to be married to his childhood friend. But the tragic events that unfold will change Jane’s life forever.