Two philandering Viennese officers take up with a pair of friends they meet at the opera only for previous dalliances to come tragically back into play.
There are a couple of visually stunning moments but generally it's amazing just how much this captures the feel and themes of Ophuls later work without him yet having the opulent, ostentatious trademarks at his disposal. Instead we get fully realised characters and setting and emotions, all things that place this firmly alongside Letter From an Unknown Woman or La Ronde even if he is just starting to make his camera dance.
The film moves from vibrancy to tragedy extremely well, equally at home at the opera, having the lead escape from a returning husband and in a snow filled field as the romantic plot implodes.
Far more than just Ophuls Juvenalia, it's a superb film
Film 27/100 in my 100 to watch in 2016