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About the Movie
Australian director Gillian Armstrong directed this Laura Jones adaptation of Peter Carey's 1988 Booker Prize-winning novel. In a lengthy flashback, Oscar Hopkins's great grandson narrates the family history that led to his birth. Oscar (Ralph Fiennes) is a priest who gambles discreetly and donates his winnings to help the poor. Lucinda (Cate Blanchett) is an Australian businesswoman who boldly defies society's rules. When they meet over an innocent game of cards, their lives are changed forever.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 32
- Fresh: 21
- Rotten: 11
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: There's a lack of dramatic focus, and the leads fail to evince any particular chemistry.
Fresh: This is after all a Gillian Anderson picture, which means the film's physical production is just as impressive as its spiritual apsiration; Cate Blanchett, in a role originally intended for Judy Davis, is bound to become a major star
Fantastic and Beautiful
This is a fantastic and beautiful film. Both Fiennes and Blanchet give stunning performances. The photography is gorgeous and the story quite unexpected. I saw this at a film festival ten years ago and it still stands out over time as one of the most memorable and unique love stories I've seen. I will be curious to see how it is received on iTunes.
Based on a remarkable book, this film explores compulsion, obsession, guilt, emotional innocence, and about how misunderstandings and wrong assumptions can rule our lives. Fiennes and Blanchett are both at the top of their games. She is strong but tender-hearted. He is child-like and earnest. The two of them break your heart. Supporting performances are also outstanding.
See this movie if you love stories that take place mostly in the mind, heart, and soul, and if beautiful acting is enough action for your taste. Don't see this movie if you need car chases or romantic comedy formula to entertain you. Defintely a thinking person's movie.
I am ever so glad i watched it. "Rotten" is the most inappropriate description of this movie one can think of. It is beautiful, beautiful in photography, philosophy as well as in spirituality indeed! Fiennes is his great master himself. Not unexpected. Blanchett wonderful and true. The story is very moving and so very realistic! ..so glad I watched it! love it.
- Genre: Romance
- Released: 1997
- © 1997 New South Wales Film and Television Office, Dalton Films Pty. Ltd., Australian Film Finance Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.