Continuity mistake: In the bedroom scene where Joseph discusses the boy's letter with Anna, we see Anna putting on her earrings, interestingly enough, her earrings change in each shot. First we see her putting on her 'left' earring while she is still standing by the bureau, then she sits down on the bed and puts on her 'left' earring again, then she stands up - and in the next shot we see her at the buffet where she is suddenly already wearing her 'right' earring, but miraculously missing her 'left' earring. (00:22:00 - 00:23:25)
The boy manages to slowly convince her of this by telling her excrutiatingly intimate details of the life she shared with her husband Sean, including details of their sexual history. In the end, it is revealed that the boy discovered a box of letters buried by her husband's mistress. These letters are the source of all of his "inside information". The letters were written by Anna to her husband, which he had given unopened to his mistress to prove his love for her. His mistress held on to the letters until she decided she would ruin Anna's wedding plans by showing her the letters and stating her husband's intent to leave her before his death. The young Sean had discovered the letters and believed himself to be her husband because of his love for her. After he discovers the infidelity, he comes to the realization that he can not be her husband because he feels he would never have been unfaithful to someone he loves so much.
Anna: I've met somebody who seems to be Sean... I really hoped that he was Sean. I wanted him to be Sean. But I knew he wasn't... The thing is, I'm falling in love with Sean again. That's what's happening. I need you to tell him to go away. Because I can't do it.
Trivia: During the controversial bathtub scene, Cameron Bright was never naked and he and Nicole Kidman were never even in the same room during the filming of the bath scene, apart from one camera shot, and when this shot happened both actors wore special clothes that were not visible to the camera.
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