Director Robert Benton has a large capable cast to explore what he calls The Feast of Love. A film which appears to settle into two parts, a beginning in which a great deal of sexual experimentation is displayed in detail on the screen followed by a second period in which it all resolves, into what it probably should have been from the beginning.
Mogran Freeman's Harry Stevenson voices the story and shares his life so comfortably with his wife of forty plus years Esther (Jane Alexander). Benton shows them in a fashion so we easily believe they have been a couple for a long happy comfortable time. On the other hand Greg Kinnear's Bradley Thomas is hopelessly oblivious of what his wives are thinking. He looses his first one to another woman and the second (Radha Mitchell) to a wandering husband who she can't resist played by Billy Burke, and traps with a broken button. Mitchell is the most exposed during the physically expressive initial scenes of the film. It takes the entire film for Bradley to finally get comfortable with his former wives and find Erika Marozsan's Margaret.
Running parallel to Kinnear's story are a young couple played by Alexa Davalos and Toby Hemmingway, they are forced to produce a porn film for money. She is a lost little girl who has fallen love with an abused Hemmingway and the physical love becomes a warm dedicated relationship as time passes. She will be the one to bring tears by the time the story ends and Freeman puts down Hemmingway's abusive father (Fred Ward).
Benton's film is filled with sexual deception, un-controlled passion which is balanced by loyalty, hope, serenity and comfort. As the film ends we may ask if adoption makes sense and ask if love as a moral issue or just a gift, in any case Benton's film shows love and affection in many unexpected and interesting ways.