Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
United Kingdom/Japan, 1992. Palace Pictures, Channel Four Films, Eurotrustees, Nippon Film Development and Finance, British Screen Productions. Screenplay by Neil Jordan. Cinematography by Ian Wilson. Produced by Stephen Woolley. Music by Anne Dudley. Production Design by Jim Clay. Costume Design by Sandy Powell. Film Editing by Kant Pan.
An IRA ‘volunteer’ grows attached to the British soldier he has taken hostage, and as penance for his sins travels to London and seeks out the soldier’s wife. That’s where all the fun begins, and I’m not telling you a single thing except to say that films are rarely this original. It’s a thriller, love story, even a bit of a musical, all blended into an exceptional motion picture that is still Neil Jordan’s best after so many years. Stephen Rea and Miranda Richardson defy all expectations in their IRA roles , but much of the film belongs to Jaye Davidson as Dil: anyone else would have settled for physical requirements, but Jordan casts a fantastic actor and coaxes a riveting performance from a newcomer. Beautiful photography and a haunting score by Anne Dudley are also a plus.
Academy Award: Best Original Screenplay
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Stephen Rea); Best Supporting Actor (Jaye Davidson); Best Director (Neil Jordan); Best Film Editing
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Picture-Drama
Toronto International Film Festival: 1992