This tragedy starts like a syrupy love story, but quickly changes to tragicomedy and heart-wrenching tragedy. Several times as I watched, I cringed at the awkward, embarrassing, painfully engaging relationship of an American bachelor (Peter Coyote in his best role - by far), who is an aspiring writer in Paris. The Vangelis soundtrack, especially the opening song, is fantastically romantic and carries the heavy emotions of this film. This story is a rare, unsparing look at a love affair, the ensuing bliss and, inevitable crash. Hugh Grant plays a curious, frustrated husband who lives vicariously through the retelling of Coyote's tragic love story. Kristin Scott Thomas is excellent as Grant's spouse, lacking his attention and Emmanuelle Seigner the gorgeous girlfriend of Coyote, who entrances, seduces and then becomes sadistic when love sours. The script is ambitious, profound, and pivots quickly from romantic drama, to comedy and tragedy. This film is best for mature adults. Too deep for the young.