|Tushingham is terrific as Eunice, an unbalanced Brit who comes to America to work for a wealthy family.
An outcast since childhood and unable to read or write (a fact unknown to her employer), she soon resorts to blackmail...and worse.
Things turn tragic when Eunice befriends a "reformed" born-again Christian in the town (a performance of wild perfection by Burroughs), who is anything but.
The shocking climax is inevitable but still packs a wallop.
Based on Ruth Rendell's novel A Judgment In Stone, which was also the inspiration for the 1995 French film La Ceremonie.
Elegant score by Paul Zaza.