Ralph Fiennes’s film too conspicuously avoids an overt political perspective.
So much of the film is given over to highlighting David Hare’s confusion as a tourist in a conflict he can never fully comprehend.
It shows that people’s misfortunes need not preclude them from living virtuous lives founded on basic human decency.
The high drama begins right away. A petal falls over the opening interactive menu and Kidman’s voice declares: “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”