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During the height of the second world war, a British intelligence officer is accused of peddling secrets to the Germans while his lover is drawn into a plot to incriminate him. Based on a play by Harold Pinter and adapted from a novel by Elizabeth Bowen.
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Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, her resolve intact. Her husband, Gilbert Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class. His white landlady, Queenie, raised as a farmer's daughter, befriends Gilbert, and later Hortense, with innocence and courage, until the unexpected arrival of her husband, Bernard, who returns from combat with issues of his own to resolve.