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Despite employing his traditionally detached, naturalist approach, Alain Tanner is unable to prevent this treatise on Swiss isolationism from descending into barnstorming melodrama. Arriving from an island in the Indian Ocean, Marie Gaydu is soon disillusioned with her pen-pal husband and embarks on an affair with Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, despite the opposition of his industrialist father. The themes of clashing cultures, arranged marriages and abortion should have preoccupied a film-maker of Tanner's intelligence, but he seems curiously drawn to the eccentricity of Ecoffey's aunt, Denise Peron, and the soap operatic excesses (insanity, police marksmen, deportation) that he uses to resolve his tale.