We all have our hang ups that bother us more that most. For me one of those is films about affairs, which I think almost always come off as morally repugnant. But here again we see how these things are always a matter of perspective. This is respectful of all of the reasons someone would want to have an affair while still also being honest about the larger problems involved. This offers no resolution, no endorsement, it just makes its central character sit in an uncomfortable middle ground. That is real. That is being a human being.
I have heard a lot of film writers try and use irony to save Sirk. I don’t get it, everything here seems so earnest and for me that is what makes it really great. It is critical of society, but it does this pretty directly, not through irony. Anyway, this movie makes me cry throughout and is some of the greatest lighting you can find.