This movie has such a peaceful calm sensory feel. You can lose yourself in Clarkson's ability to flow thru her environment with a quiet nature and gravelly voice. She plays a loving devoted career focused wife. Her husband is stationed in Egypt and she travels to Cairo to share time with him on a sightseeing vacation. They do not see each other till the end, due to the nature of his work assignment. When she arrives to the city of pyramids and male filled tea houses, she meets such a kind beautiful man who had worked with her husband before retiring and moving on to own a teahouse in the colorful city. Her mate is held up and she stays in a warm lush hotel room with the other wives waiting for their time to spend with their partners. She feels the culture shock of the country and finds herself strangely drawn to make another connection of her husband's foreign friend. They resonate with each other in such a gentle soft way. They are natural and at ease with one another. Their time flows with a slow relaxing rhythm. The movies pace works with the characters. The finale seems appropriate yet sadly echoing a lost chance. The things I liked most about this film, Clarkson's relaxed calm and sensousness, the kindness of a male figure that felt so loving, the difference of a land not visited with all senses being engaged, the tea house and its wonderful brew of warmth and its lazy friendship, and romance.