Rachel is shackled with prosy monologues that should have been given visual form.
Mistaking lust for love, she begins to plan a future with Nick, who quickly rejects her by showing her a photo of a young boy, implying that it is his son.
Rachel sets out with hope for the future, having learned that she has choices, that she is able to give and receive sexual pleasure, and that it is possible for her to take on life actively rather than wait for it to find her.
Her walk is a ladylike retreat, a sign of a losing battle with time and diets and fashion.
Upon first seeing Rachel, Nick makes a crude pass that Rachel rebuffs, but after the episode with Calla, she succumbs to his charms and has her first sexual experience.
The screenplay, by based on the 1966 novel by Canadian author , concerns a schoolteacher in small-town Connecticut and her sexual awakening and independence in her mid-30s.