Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. Australia/United Kingdom/Canada/France, 1992. Australian Film Finance Corporation, Les Films Ariane, Map Films, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Sunrise Pictures Company, Vincent Ward Films, Working Title Films. Story by Vincent Ward, Screenplay by Louis Nowra. Cinematography by Eduardo Serra. Produced by Tim Bevan, Vincent Ward. Music by Gabriel Yared. Production Design by John Beard. Costume Design by Renee April, Penny Rose. Film Editing by John Scott, Frans Vandenburg.
In Vincent Ward’s lush romantic drama, a young Inuit boy is sent down to Montreal from the Arctic Pole in order to survive a battle with tuberculosis. While staying at the hospital he meets and falls in love with a half-Native, half-French Canadian girl who is soon afterwards sent away. Years later, he (Jason Scott Lee) is a pilot with the Royal Air Force, and she (Anne Parillaud) is a nurse in war-torn London. He finds her again, but now she has another man (Patrick Bergin) who will come between them. This film is perfect for those who love a good romance, and the intoxicating visuals that Ward is so talented at bringing to the screen will stay in your memory for a long time (especially a scene where the two main characters make love on top of a dirigible). Ward made the film using salary money he earned for his participation on Alien 3 before being fired as its director.