The film has a moral - an attack on selfishness and greed. Even a bad man can seduced back to the good side.
Cotillard shows how a woman can overcome hurt and suspicion, and learn to relax. Sometimes being loved is harder than loving.
My only gripe - we need more Albert Finney! In many ways he is the heart of the film and only appears in flashback.
Another gripe! I don't really like wine.
The rest of the film represents a vanished, old-fashioned and very sexist age. Yes, it does have a 1930s feel to it but the 1950s was still not yet the modern age we think. This film is probably truer to life in some ways than many other films of the period. The direction is good - lovely use of light and shadow, also understated but effective angles and movement of the camera.
The relationship with his grandson is deftly handled, the only thing can break through his exterior. Not saccharine but realistic.
The ending of course is a happy one, but not necessarily the expected one.
Seek this one out. It will surprise you!
Callan was a reluctant killer who somehow always ended up doing what he knew was right but also what was morally grubby. The other characters were all superb and strongly drawn in their own right. Hunter, the leader of the section, Lonely the criminal low life friend, Toby the upper class psychotic who ends up his friend. The only drawback is the lack of strong women characters, apart from a few occasional guests.
This was a spy drama that made you think, that made you question your own side.
Modern writers could well learn from this series.