There is a certain balance of rawness and elegance to this film I never imagined would come out especially of such a predictable premise. An aging socialite makes a bet with her ex-lover, a sleazy scoundrel playboy, to seduce a meek widow, for what reason? A simple bet. But what occurs is a series of expected but intricately interwoven events. And that's really how I would describe this film, an intricately woven series of events, arcs and occurrences that come together to make a very intriguing and tight game of life especially to the two characters. The man is a womanizing scoundrel by every definition of the word and this film goes out it's way to brilliantly makes you detest him, the Socialite is no different, a decided sociopath in her actions but much like Light Yagami from Death Note there is a certain kind of fascination that comes with the evil. And at the center is the "proper" an awkward but truly empathetic and virtuous woman caught in the middle of a cruel game that threatens to destroy her. The extras though one-note are all memorable to the point of being poetic, the cinematography is gorgeous, the sets are beautiful and the costumes vibrant.
All in all a very intriguing film with a tight ending that is very much worth your time, this is Oscar-Worthy standard.