I have viewed this film in it's entirety several times. I am age 70. I remark this here so anyone will understand that I have 5 adult decades of social experience. I cannot make observations here about the original book and it's author. What I do is make observations of the movie content. The efficiency of the characters that the actors manage to create. I am not concerned with the real world actor. When I watch such a film, I adopt the "characters" into my present life and act accordingly. This typically for me means keeping a box of tissues on the near by coffee table. I only ask a reviewer to consider the performance and not the script. I watch the eyes, the facial muscles, the invisible electricity that passes between any two characters. While such a personal relationship is rare between two people that are 30+ years difference, I have seen such a devotion develop and prosper for multiple decades. It left me to ask, "what did this young beautiful woman see in this aging professor?" I can honestly say, in reality, the maturity of both individuals makes the difference. "They were just boys!" It tells you immediately, without question, how the woman viewed the man. My own time with a person 25 years my senior, I am 25 at the time, brings back fond memories of such an experience. Breasts or the lack there of regardless of cause do not have to make or break such a relationship. The real beauty is not in facial symmetry as we all know causes one to think another is handsome or beautiful, rather, it lies deeply seated in the soul and very being of an individual. You cannot "cut this away!" The very nature remains the true essence and beauty of the age different relationship. People are raised entirely too shallow. Too self-oriented. While the professor tends to demonstrate this shallowness, in reality, he too is heart broken over his own behavior. Letting her go was the right things to do. How to accomplish this so she can go on in life for love, children, family, was hard to accept. Regardless, it will always be painful. One it seems must suffer to be happy in the long run. A true roller-coaster! Hills make the valleys and the valleys are part of the hills. Highs and lows of social, emotional involvement. Bring on the large boxes of tissues!