The English Patient (1996)
Beautiful photography and brilliant
performances keep this borderline pompous film from Anthony Minghella afloat for
quite some time, but not for the entirety of the film's overlong 162 minutes.
This is a narratively ambitious film, as Minghella moves back and forth in time
in order to convey his romantic tragedy. Whether or not he succeeds depends
largely on whether you want it to succeed; the film requires you to make some
concessions. The story is grand, but at the same time a little flat. Fine work
from Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Willem Dafoe is overshadowed by Kristin Scott-Thomas,
who steals this show with her natural charisma in front of the camera.