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Maria Cross, a woman of a somewhat sordid past, is the central figure
around whom this story revolves. She has just lost her six year old
son, mourning him and not accepting the sad fact he is gone. A local
doctor, Paul Courreges, is devastated in not having been able to cure
the boy, something of a failure in his own mind. Blaming himself, he
still takes care of Maria, with whom he begins a correspondence which
becomes the center of attention for his own family. His teen aged son,
Raymond, cannot help being attracted by the suffering Maria. He does
everything too be near her. Unfortunately, Paul discovers to his
amazement of the way his son feels about the woman he became in love
That is basically the premise of Francois Mauriac's novel. Mr. Mauriac was one of France's most admired writers. It does not surprise why the story was adapted for television a second time. Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe, whose work is primarily in television adapted in collaboration with Anne-Marie Catois and Natalie Carter. The story is seen through the eyes of Raymond. The young man develops an attraction for this tragic woman, not realizing what his father's feelings are for her. Of course, decency prevails and both, father and son, are saved from a scandal as Maria Cross departs for Paris.
One can imagine this was a vehicle for its star, Emmanuelle Beart, who plays the enigmatic Maria with a touch of mystery. One never gets to know what really was in her mind, or what she felt for the young admirer. Didier Bezace, an actor who does a lot of television, is the tormented doctor who finds himself in love with the young mother. Mathieu Spinosi makes a good Raymond.
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