The late Alan Rickman delivers yet another great performance in this film as Karl Hoffmeister although also worthy of mention were the convincing portrayals of Richard Madden as Friedrich Zeitz and Rebecca Hall as Lotte Hoffmeister. The film explores the perils of pursuing a romance that's forbidden, especially for the man, who feels so indebted to the husband of the apple of his eye. Viewing the film though you feel like there's an unending guessing game, as while it's evident in Friedrich's actions that he fancies Lotte, the same cannot be entirely said for her part, although the sideway glances will give her away. I am in awe with the costumes and production design, and in a way, it made up for the fleeting time when the film seemed to drag. Worth checking out!