This film is based on a true story and it's an unusual one, to say the least.
In the summer of 1901 two English teachers - one of them Principal of an Oxford college - visited Versailles and took a long walk through its grounds. In the course of this, they encountered some rather unexpected sites and people, the strangeness of which they put down to their own lack of familiarity with the place. Moreover, both became strangely depressed and disoriented during the walk - a feeling which they only confessed to each other a few days later, when both agreed that Versailles had made on them the impression of a haunted place.
The curious thing was that when they visited again several months later, Versailles was totally different: the whole landscape had seemingly underwent such a major change that it could not be explained in any realistic terms. To cut a long story short, after comparing notes and analyzing everything they had seen, the two ladies drew the conclusion that on their first visit they had somehow found themselves in a different time - namely, in the period immediately preceding the French revolution of 1789, in the Versailles of Marie-Antoinette.
The two then proceded to publish a book about the experience, which they called An Adventure. This caused a sensation and went on to become a best-seller (later influencing with its implied ideas on the nature of Time such authors as J. W. Dunne, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and Robert Aickman). The Society for Psychical Research took great interest and embarked on a serious investigation of the case. Although the book had been published pseudonimously, the identity of the authors was an open secret. And as some of the reaction in the scientific and educational community was extremely negative, the ladies found themselves amid calls for their resignation and aspersions on their professional competence and even their sanity. They both, however, after thorough examination of the whole experience and their personal beliefs in the matter, refused to budge an inch.
The film starts with their 'adventure', which is genuinely eerie, but there the ghost story ends, and what follows is a poignant drama of the two women's friendship and determination to stand by their story, whatever the cost. The atmosphere of the film and its treatment of the supernatural remind me a bit of Picnic at Hanging Rock. It is one of the unsung gems of British TV. Starring Dame Wendy Hiller.
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