|James Wilby||Tony Last|
|Kristin Scott Thomas||Brenda Last|
|Rupert Graves||John Beaver|
|Judi Dench||Mrs. Beaver|
|Anjelica Huston||Mrs. Rattery|
|Alec Guinness||Mr. Todd|
English aristocrat Tony Last welcomes tragedy into his life when he invites John Beaver to visit his vast estate. There Beaver makes the acquaintance of Tony's wife, Brenda . Together, they continue their relationship in a series of bedroom assignations in London. Trusting to a fault, Tony is unaware that anything is amiss until his wife suddenly asks for a divorce. With his life in turmoil, Tony goes on a haphazard journey to South America.