You can clearly see this is taken from a quality novel and director John Cromwell is extensively ambitious with the way he brings us into these family affairs, using moving shots majority of the time, as if we were one of the family walking around them right in the middle of the communication. But there is a strange awkwardness about the ambiance, especially with the inserted close-ups. Everything becomes too stiff and staged as well as there being something very off about the acting in general. I didn't know to adore this approach or hate it. I'll go with something in the middle. Even if most of the actors looked uncomfortable, this was heavy in it's personalities. The soap opera managed to engage with a variety of twists, some rather complex, as well as Jessie Ralph giving a great portrayal of the old gal of the home, pretty much single-handedly saving this with her eccentrics.