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ENGLISH PATIENT, THE

SYNOPSIS:
Primarily about four strangers whose diverse lives become inextricably connected. The story is told largely through the eyes of an unknown English patient, the sole survivor of a plane shot down near the beginning of World War II, his mind is awash with a life's worth of secrets and passions. As tales of the past and present unfold, the characters reveal themselves to one another and two love stories emerge. Their dangerous journeys from Cairo through the Sahara take them toward the conclusion in an abandoned Italian monastery at the close of the war.

"Adaptations from novels are perhaps the trickiest of cinema’s forms, the internal lives so hard to capture on screen, yet so crucial for the transition to work. Here, the teamwork of producer, writer and cast brings it off with grace, guts and a gorgeous look.

John Seale’s camera work is Oscar winning. The complex layers of Ondaatje’s novel are well represented, giving us a satisfying, emotionally rewarding journey of yes, epic, proportions.

Epic because it criss-crosses so much of the human condition on various levels: from the intimate to the international, from the depths of pain to the heights of passion, all of it done with subtlety and understatement - yet to maximum effect. Minghella, too, has done Oscar winning work here."
Andrew L. Urban

This masterful piece of cinema showcases the talents of some of the screen’s best. There is a certain edge of unpredictability and almost danger to Ralph Fiennes, actor extraordinaire. His Hungarian Count is accessible, yet complex, and there is always an undercurrent that flaunts us with the knowledge how much more there is to this extraordinary actor.

This is truly a great performance. Kristin Scott Thomas is a wonderful complement to Fiennes, while Juliette Binoche’s soul seems to shine through with her strength, her sadness, her compassion and her joy.

Australian cinematographer John Seale artistically and skillfully takes us to exotic and spectacular locations in Italy and Africa, the latter being etched forever in the mind’s eye.

This is a film about love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, passion, honesty and deceit. Emotions are masterfully taken on an emotional roller-coaster ride, and returned feeling totally satisfied at its conclusion."
Louise Keller

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ENGLISH PATIENT, THE (M)
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CAST: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Defoe, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth, Jurgen Prochnow; directed by Anthony Minghella

WRITER & DIRECTOR: Anthony Minghella (based on Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel)

PRODUCER: Saul Zaentz

CINEMATOGRAPHER: John Seale

RUNNING TIME: 160 mins

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 6 1997

AWARDS: Academy Awards 1997: Best Film, Best Director, Best Costumes, Best Editing, Best Adapted Script, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Original Score. Golden Globe Awards 1997: Best Picture (Drama); Best Score

VIDEO RELEASE: January 10, 2000

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment

RRP: $14.95







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