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.

Miramax Bona Fide Productions, Castel Film Romania,

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

Academy Awards:  2003

Golden Globe Awards:   2003

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