Cold Mountain


(out of 5)

During the civil war, a soldier () reads a letter from the woman waiting for him () back home and decides to leave the battlefield and head back towards her. Facing the possibility of being punished as a deserter, Law traverses the harsh climate of the Appalachians, receiving kindness from strangers along the way in his determination to see his lady love, a woman he hardly knew before he left for battle full of Southern pride. Meanwhile, Kidman is left to fend for herself when her father () dies, leaving her at the mercy of her neighbours’ kindness and the threat of the captain of the Home Guard () who is anxious to marry her and take her farm. This overlong but lush, beautifully filmed epic receives top-drawer treatment from director Anthony Minghella, who has the rare ability of making films that are always classy and highly-pedigreed but at the same time feel cutting edge and honest. Like his English Patient, this too is a very ‘intimate epic’, plus there’s a soundtrack jammed full of beautiful bluegrass music, compiled and produced by O Brother, Where Art Thou‘s T-Bone Burnett and featuring two new compositions by Elvis Costello and Sting and performed by Alison Krauss. What really makes it come alive amid the only somewhat amusing romance and endless warfare is the arrival of  as Ruby, a feisty, plucky Southern gal who shows up at Kidman’s farm and helps her put it in order and protect it from anyone who would take it from her.

USA, 2003

Directed by 

Screenplay by Anthony Minghella, based on the book by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Award
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Renee Zellweger as “Ruby Thewes”)

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jude Law as “Inman”)
Best Cinematography (John Seale)
Best Film Editing (Walter Murch)
Best Music (Original Score) (Gabriel Yared)
Best Music (Original Song) (“Scarlet Tide”, music and lyric by T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello)
Best Music (Original Song) (“You Will Be My Ain True Love”, music and lyric by Sting)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Renee Zellweger)

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Nicole Kidman)
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Jude Law)
Best Director (Anthony Minghella)
Best Screenplay (Anthony Minghella)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Gabriel Yared)
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“You Will Be My Ain True Love”, music and lyrics by Sting)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Adapted Screenplay (Anthony Minghella)
Top Ten Films

Screen Actors Guild Award
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Renee Zellweger)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Adapted Screenplay

British Academy Awards
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Renee Zellweger)
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

Best Film
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Jude Law)
Best Screenplay – Adapted
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Sound
Best Editing
Best Production Design
Best Make Up/Hair
Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
David Lean Award for Direction (Anthony Minghella)

Chicago Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Supporting Actress (Renee Zellweger)
Best Cinematography
Best Original Score



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