This gorgeously filmed tale of a colony of hedonistic British upper-class expatriates near Nairobi in the 1940s pursuing a debauched search for pleasure.
Based on James Fox's novel of the same name and subtly directed by Michael Radford, these shallow, self-absorbed residents of "Happy Valley" pursued a debauched search for pleasure through sex, drugs, alcohol, cross-dressing soirees, spouse-swapping get-togethers, and even a cocktail reception in a cemetery.
The primary focus is based on a triangular relationship that actually occurred between cynical, selfish, young and beautiful Diana Caldwell Broughton (Greta Scacchi), her betrayed, elderly husband Sir John Delves Broughton (Joss Ackland) and amoral Josslyn Hay, the 22nd Earl of Erroll (Charles Dance).
Sarah Miles and the supporting cast (notably John Hurt, Trevor Howard, and Geraldine Chaplin) are all outstanding. A fascinating and compelling film.
UK · 1987 · Michael Radford · 103min