RanchoTuVu’s review published on Letterboxd:
An ambitious office worker from a working class family lands a civil service job and sets out to win over the daughter of the richest man in town. Going from working class to lower middle class, but with aspirations to reach the top, his mission in life is sidetracked when he gets involved with an older, married woman. He discovers the bitter truth about his shallow ambitions, getting what he thought he wanted in one of the more ironic endings ever put on film. It's so expertly acted by Laurence Harvey and Simone Signoret, with several other great performances also, plus terrific cinematography and a fantastic soundtrack. Pretty shattering.