At first I was afraid this was going be a film of a stage production but it evolves into a series of dramatic tableaux featuring extraordinary lighting, costumes, and emotional histrionics straight out of Rembrandt’s paintings.
What a delightfully twisted little film this is! What could have been a run-of-the-mill mystery is pumped up immensely by clever dialog, crisp editing and direction, and most of all, by terrific performances by Kevin Costner and William Hurt.
The stories center on Detective Foyle, a senior police detective in southern 1940 wartime England. While the war is progressing (this is before the U.S. came in on the Allies' side) life must go on -- and laws must be enforced.