London architect Robert Blakeley (Michael Caine) and his wife Zee (Elizabeth Taylor) are a self-absorbed pair with a love-hate marriage that spirals towards destruction when Robert falls in love with a beautiful and elegant young boutique owner named Stella (Susannah York) and is unfaithful.
Zee then goes through a series of scheming she-devil adventures to break Robert and Stella up: stalking the lovers, tossing Robert’s possessions into the street and, finally, attempting suicide.
Then, while recovering in hospital, Zee requests that Stella visit her, and Stella – stupidly – accepts the offer. Zee starts playing mind games with her husband’s mistress, who (inexplicably) reveals to Zee her deepest personal secret.
It’s a brash affair that sees Taylor venting in best Virginia Woolf style, but the film tries a bit too hard to outrage (the lesbian subplot is particularly silly). It does provide a decent showcase for the three leads, though.
Released in some markets as X, Y and Zee.
Brian G. Hutton