A forbidden love, “Spring is coming. Snow won’t last much longer,” Rose states, as she also just said, she never heard anyone lay upon a bed and moan like that then or ever again. Based on the novel written by Edith Wharton as a type of school project (Lenox Library), and formed around a true story of an accident which happened near her colonial home town of Lenox, Massachusetts, during the year of 1904, the author lived at her home, a place called The Mount, while she wrote the book, a now 1911 Pulitzer Prize. The fictitious town of Starkfield, where the film also takes place, seems dreary to some. However, male cheating patterns, depending on how used, and defined as one characteristic of definite male abuse of power, the focus here, the uncontrolled lust of the husband of the sickly wife known as Zeena, a woman who helps everyone unquestionable. One film critic said that Zeena did not approve of the affair her husband had. That put things lightly. His woman of passion, the cousin of his own wife, who she sent by her to give a lift from church to the home of he and his wife, as an ongoing flood of housekeepers, surprisingly by far much younger than him and more fit for a boy who works at the package store who likes her, as all drama of this literary style, by requirement does not end up so well. Love, has a variety of kinds and types of relationships, the disloyal friend cheater, being the most fatal trope of all. The author of the book, had originally intended to write the story in the dialect of the French language. But the film depicts actor Liam Neeson, and his co-star Patricia Arquette – Mattie Silver speaking a more, among other forbidden gentle words of intimate nature to eachother, area appropriate New England accent aside. The traditional settlement town years later includes a new man, Reverend Smith who ironically speaks highly of the spiritual comfort offered by the town. “If we are to foster a Christian community, then everyone must play their part,” he announces. “We leave the Fromes alone, reverend. It’s what’s best,” explains a town elder. Just so any viewer who has not read the book does not get left out on a cold snow expanse, his or her literary discernment frostbitten, the story written encumbers the style of a writing device known as flashback. To begin our film story watch full of an open-mind as, everyone of course expects the very best about the husband of Zeena. A good Christian woman, she depends upon the services of other younger women to assist and serve her. She works at hard labor doing her own household chores as a glimmer of light between each bout of health provides, and at times while she on her bed of the ebb and flow of the passing long term oft mild, other times harsh bouts of ongoing lifelong illness, her husband once used those times to make love to her once most conscientious housekeeper, and also her young cousin. “The greatest of these is charity,” drones on the wet-behind-the-ears preacher. His judgmental misinformation about Zeena who a distant cousin of Ethan, was sent for from away by the family to care for his own mother who died during that time. The film scenario begins as Ethan eyeing Zeena, who has not seen him for awhile, but whom felt attracted to him at the very beginning as well, he begins to realize that he a single man has no wife. He came home from college, engineer school to take care of the funeral of his mother. Soon ends up married to her, and as the story narrator of the film insinuates, “Maybe they shouldn’t have stayed together.” But they married that spring. And Zeena began a path of sickliness here and there, and in-between, and such a hard worker while well. The appreciative Zeena so grateful about her young cousin coming to help her, she sends her own husband to bring Mattie back on the horse and buggy. Mattie, now homeless and paid off the debt of her own father who took care of her up to the date of passing, by selling her own piano. Ethan, who at first complains about the girl, who also a slight weak one, tried so hard at housekeeping. “Instead of getting sicker, she got better,” by spring. In exchange for her housekeeping services, Ethan would take her to spend time on the weekends at the Irish jig style, although some in the town spoke lowly of the Irish, dances. As time grew, she began to glow. She finished growing up as a young woman that few years, and soon she had the eye of a young boy her age in town. Likely, there was not any boy Mattie could not have courted and had. And yet, not the wisest decision in this world or the next, she settled for the married man of the relative she worked for. Valentine Day, marked by different kinds of love, some beautiful, others average, and a few tragic and fatal, the impact of love hopefully has alit upon us all at least no less than once for every life. A weighty list of (book) film characters includes Tate Donovan – Reverend Smith, Stephen Mendillo – Ned Hale, Phil Garran – Mr. Howe, Virginia Smith – Mrs. Howe, Annie Nessen – Sarah Anne Howe Katharine Houghton – Mrs. Hale George Woodard – Jotham Powell Jay Goede – & Denis Eady Joan Allen – Zenobia ‘Zeena’ Frome. Rated R.