a story about a wounded archaeologist during the second world war who
ends up in occupied Italy. The story is told half in flashbacks, half
in present tense, with the beginning a sort of bridge between the two:
Story one, Juliette Binoche's nurse caring for the English Patient,
begins at the end of Story two, where Ralph Fiennes (on an expedition
in the desert) falls madly in love with a married woman (Kristin Scott
Thomas). Later, Story three also interweaves with one and two , telling
of Willem Dafoe's bitter thief and his connection with the English Patient.
This storytelling device is probably what makes the movie brilliant.
its technical brilliance, it is the films examination of emotions that
gives it its heart. The characters are fascinating and much of this
such be attributed to the original book by Michael
Ondaatje and the brilliant screenplay. No one here can be called a caricature and while you may not understand
everything they do, part of the fun is piecing together their actions
into complex individuals.
best performances were turned in by Ralph Fiennes as Almasy and by Kristin
Scott-Thomas as Katharine. Katharine was the perfect foil for the silent,
brooding Almasy...the one woman in the world who could get him to open
up, to live life, to love, for Almasy is a man who keeps much of himself,
to himself. But when he does give himself, he gives all and he gives
Binoche was wonderful as the sensitive, emotionally damaged Hana, but
her character, in both the book and the movie was underdeveloped. Binoche,
a beautiful and sensitive actress did all she could with it and the
result was at least satisfactory. , Naveen Andrews also struggled with
a slightly underdeveloped role as Kip the Indian bomb disposer. This
best seen was the Rudyard Kipling debate with Fiennes.