THE GOLDEN BOWL
Thurman visibly courses with desire as Charlotte Stant, a turn-of-the-century American abroad who marries a billionaire countryman (Nick Nolte) to stay near the Italian prince (Northam) who jilted her for the rich man’s daughter (Kate Beckinsale). Charlotte is the world’s most beautiful ugly American, ever so gently breaking the rules of polite European society as she carelessly pursues her illicit affair. Delicately attuned to every social tremor, the venerable Merchant Ivory team — once more channeling Henry James — has produced its finest, subtlest film since The Remains of the Day.
The Golden Bowl