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Writers (WGA):
Michael Ondaatje (novel)
Anthony Minghella (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 December 1996 (USA) See more »
In love, there are no boundaries. See more »
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 9 Oscars. Another 59 wins & 53 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ralph Fiennes ... Count Laszlo de Almásy

Juliette Binoche ... Hana

Willem Dafoe ... David Caravaggio

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Katharine Clifton

Naveen Andrews ... Kip

Colin Firth ... Geoffrey Clifton

Julian Wadham ... Madox

Jürgen Prochnow ... Major Muller

Kevin Whately ... Sgt. Hardy
Clive Merrison ... Fenelon-Barnes
Nino Castelnuovo ... D'Agostino
Hichem Rostom ... Fouad
Peter Rühring ... Bermann
Geordie Johnson ... Oliver

Torri Higginson ... Mary
Liisa Repo-Martell ... Jan

Raymond Coulthard ... Rupert Douglas

Philip Whitchurch ... Corporal Dade

Lee Ross ... Spalding
Anthony Smee ... Beach Interrogation Officer

Matthew Ferguson ... Young Canadian Soldier

Jason Done ... Kiss Me Soldier

Roger Morlidge ... Sergeant - Desert Train

Simon Sherlock ... Private - Desert Train
Sebastian Schipper ... Interrogation Room Soldier
Fritz Eggert ... Interrogation Room Soldier
Sonia Mankaï ... Arab Nurse (as Sonia Mankai)
Rim Turkhi ... Aicha (as Rim Turki)
Sebastian Rudolph ... Officer In Square
Thoraya Sehill ... Interpreter In Square
Sondos Belhassen ... Woman with Baby In Square (as Sondess Belhassen)

Dominic Mafham ... Officer - El Taj

Gregor Truter ... Corporal - El Taj
Salah Miled ... Bedouin Doctor
Abdellatif Hamrouni ... Ancient Arab
Samy Azaiez ... Kamal
Habib Chetoui ... Al Auf
Philippa Day ... Officer's Wife (as Phillipa Day)

Amanda Walker ... Lady Hampton
Paul Kant ... Sir Ronald Hampton

Directed by
Anthony Minghella 
Writing credits
Michael Ondaatje (novel)

Anthony Minghella (screenplay)

Produced by
Steve E. Andrews .... associate producer (as Steve Andrews)
Scott Greenstein .... executive producer
Alessandro von Norman .... line producer (as Alessandro Von Normann)
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Paul Zaentz .... associate producer
Saul Zaentz .... producer
Original Music by
Gabriel Yared 
Cinematography by
John Seale (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Walter Murch 
Casting by
Michelle Guish 
David Rubin 
Production Design by
Stuart Craig 
Art Direction by
Aurelio Crugnola 
Set Decoration by
Aurelio Crugnola 
Stephenie McMillan 
Costume Design by
Gary Jones (co-costume designer)
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Mustapha Ben Chaabane .... hair assistant: Tunisia
Mustapha Ben Chaabane .... makeup assistant: Tunisia
Giusy Bovino .... chief hair stylist (as Giusi Bovino)
Louise Constad .... makeup artist: Ms. Binoche and Ms. Scott Thomas
Elisabetta De Leonardis .... hair stylist
Giuseppe Desiato .... makeup artist
Antonio Maltempo .... makeup artist
Maria Rizzo .... hair stylist: second unit
Maria Rizzo .... makeup artist: second unit
Alessandra Sampaolo .... makeup artist
Ferid Sfaki .... hair assistant: Tunisia
Ferid Sfaki .... makeup assistant: Tunisia
Fabrizio Sforza .... makeup artist
Chris Fitzgerald .... prosthetic painter (uncredited)
Production Management
Franco Ballati .... unit production manager
Hamid Elleuch .... unit manager: Tunisia
Edie Ichioka .... post-production supervisor (as Edie Bleiman)
Lynn Kamern .... unit production manager
Paul Webster .... head of production: Miramax (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve E. Andrews .... first assistant director (as Steve Andrews)
Gianni Arduini .... first assistant director: second unit
Meriem Beschaouch .... assistant director: Tunisia
Andrea Girolami .... assistant director
Moez Kamoun .... assistant director: Tunisia (as Mouez Kamoun)
Moslah Kraiem .... assistant director: Tunisia
Peter Markham .... second unit director
Enrico Marrari .... second assistant director: second unit (as Andrea Marrari)
Emma Schofield .... second assistant director
Luigi Vallini .... assistant director
Art Department
Mohamed Bargaoui .... prop master: Tunisia
Romano Bellucci .... construction manager
Brian Bishop .... scenic artist
Doug Bishop .... scenic artist
Jamel Bizid .... assistant props: Tunisia
John Bush .... assistant set decorator
Bruce Cheesman .... props: second unit
Steve Clarke .... stand-by painter (as Steve Clark)
Giulia Chiara Crugnola .... draftsman
Luciano Curti .... painter
Stefania D'Amario .... art department assistant
Franco Fumagalli .... assistant art director
Bernie Hearn .... stand-by props
Maurizio Jacopelli .... dressing props (as Maurizio Iacopelli)
Taieb Jallouli .... assistant art director: Tunisia
Neil Lamont .... assistant art director
Luciano Magagnini .... dressing props
Roberto Magagnini .... stand-by props
Paola Mugnai .... fresco painter
Mauro Nati .... dressing props
Michela Papa .... production assistant: art department
Stefano Pessione .... art department assistant
Franco Pizzonia .... construction supervisor: Tunisia (as Francesco Pizzonia)
Francesco Postiglione .... dressing props
Alessandra Querzola .... assistant set decorator
Luigi Quintili .... construction coordinator
Mohsen Rais .... assistant set dresser: Tunisia
Bruno Ranieri .... assistant fresco painter
Kamel Riabi .... prop buyer: Tunisia
Stuart Rose .... desert cars art director
Mick Rossman .... stand-by painter
Remo Sperati .... assistant fresco painter
Tony Teiger .... property master
Ty Teiger .... assistant property master: Tunisia
Lucinda Thomson .... art department stand-by (as Lucinda Thompson)
Mohamed Trimeche .... assistant props: Tunisia
Peter Watson .... dressing props
Paul Wescott .... painter
Tony Wright .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
James Austin .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center (as Jim Austin)
Michael Axinn .... apprentice sound editor
Don Banks .... boom operator (as Donald Banks)
David Franklin Bergad .... assistant dialogue editor
Mark Berger .... sound re-recording mixer
Sara Bolder .... dialogue editor
Loren Byer .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Frank Canonica .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Vince Casper .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Amanda Chan .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Tobin Davis .... assistant dialogue editor (as Tobin Delaca Davis)
Adriano Di Lorenzo .... sound assistant
Adam Dornbusch .... sound department intern
Richard Duarte .... foley mixer
Malcolm Fife .... foley editor
Grant Foerster .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Steve Fontano .... assistant foley mixer
Anna Geyer .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Aura Gilge .... assistant sound effects editor (as Aura Belle Gilge)
Pat Jackson .... supervising sound editor
Rick Kahn .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Stephen Kearney .... assistant sound effects editor
Michael Kelly .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Mark Levinson .... adr supervisor
Scott Levitin .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Kyrsten Mate .... sound effects editor (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
Kathy McVey .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Walter Murch .... sound re-recording mixer
Douglas Murray .... sound effects editor (as Douglas S. Murray)
Jennifer Myers .... foley artist
Christopher Newman .... sound recordist (as Chris Newman)
John Nutt .... dialogue editor
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist
Dan Olmsted .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
David Parker .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Pasque .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Mark Paul .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Richard Quinn .... adr editor
Scott G. Roberts .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center (as Scott Roberts)
David Roesch .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Gianni Sardo .... sound mixer: second unit
Roy Segal .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Ivan Sharrock .... sound recordist
Steve Shurtz .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Greg Simon .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Dianna Stirpe .... dialogue editor
Marc-Jon Sullivan .... boom operator (as Marc Jon Sullivan)
Diego Taborda .... sound department intern
John Timperley .... sound engineer
Joe Tysl .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Jennifer L. Ware .... sound effects editor
Laurie Wentworth .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Jeff Whittle .... staff: The Saul Zaentz Film Center
Mary Works .... assistant dialogue editor
Marilyn S. Zalkan .... first assistant sound editor
Liberata Zocchi .... sound transfer: Rome
Frank Canonica .... supervising sound recordist: mix stage (uncredited)
Ann Kroeber .... additional sound effects (uncredited)
Luciano Muratori .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Primiano Muratori .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Peter Steinbach .... additional sound effects (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Vince Abbott .... animatronic designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (as Vincent Abbott)
Marion Appleton .... artwork: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Fausto Baldinelli .... effects crew
Raffaele Battistelli .... effects crew
Nigel Booth .... prosthetic makeup artist: English patient, Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Sam Broadbent .... fabricator: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Karen Cassie .... production supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Mel Coleman .... mold maker: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Richard Conway .... special effects supervisor
Sam Conway .... effects crew
Dave Eltham .... senior effects technician (as David Eltham)
Barry Fowler .... mold maker: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (as Barry Folwer)
Marie Fraser .... foam department: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Adrian Getley .... foam department: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Tamzine Hanks .... fabricator: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Graham High .... sculptor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Jeremy Hunt .... sculptor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Terry James .... mold maker: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Val Jones .... hair designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Louisa Jordan .... fabricator: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Andy Lee .... foam department: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (as Andy Lees)
Giancarlo Mancini .... senior effects technician: Italy
Esteban Mendoza .... fabricator: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Karina Randall .... foam department: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Jason Reed .... animatronic designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (as Jason Read)
Andy Roberts .... animatronic designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Francesco Sabelli .... effects crew
Kelly Sant .... silicone department: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Terry Sibley .... mold maker: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Paul Stentiford .... effects crew
John Stephenson .... visual supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Tim Willis .... senior effects technician
Kenny Wilson .... mold design supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Simon Clutterbuck .... special effects (uncredited)
Dave Kelly .... chargehand: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (uncredited)
Simon Rose .... animatronics trainee (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Richard Bain .... visual effects designer: Digital Film
Ian Chisholm .... film outputting: Digital Film
Frazer Churchill .... visual effects designer: Digital Film
Chris Emond .... visual effects opticals: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Andrew Hall .... computer generated designer: Digital Film (as Andy Hall)
Matthew Holben .... visual effects facility producer: Digital Film
Dennis Lowe .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Film
Julian Mann .... computer generated designer: Digital Film
Charlie Noble .... visual effects designer: Digital Film
Matthew Plummer .... assistant visual effects producer: Digital Film
Paul Riddle .... visual effects designer: Digital Film
Keith Roberts .... computer generated designer: Digital Film
Neal Scanlan .... creative project supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Mark Stannard .... visual effects designer: Digital Film
Arthur Windus .... digital line producer: Digital Film
Erik De Boer .... animator: MPC (uncredited)
Dan Glass .... visual effects compositor: Digital Film (uncredited)
Roma O'Connor .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Pavlo .... digital artist (uncredited)
Kevin Phelan .... scanning and recoding producer: CFC London (uncredited)
David Ambrosi .... stunt rigger
Jim Dowdall .... stunt supervisor
Steve Griffin .... stuntman (as Steve Street-Griffin)
Paul Heasman .... stuntman
Riccardo Mioni .... stuntman
Franco Maria Salamon .... stunt coordinator (as Franco Salomon)
Lee Sheward .... stuntman
Julian Spencer .... stuntman
Camera and Electrical Department
Remi Adefarasin .... director of photography: second unit
Giampaolo Bagala .... grip: second unit
Abdelaziz Belgaeid .... electrician: Tunisia (as Adelaziz Belgaied)
Lassad Ben Khelifa .... grip: Tunisia
Phil Bray .... still photographer
Daniele Cafolla .... electrician
Cristina Capone .... camera loader: second unit
Cristina Capone .... video playback: second unit
Vincenzo Carpineta .... focus puller: second unit
Roberto De Angelis .... second assistant camera
Roberto De Nigris .... first assistant camera
Massimiliano Dessena .... grip
Maurizio di Stefano .... electrician (as Maurizio Di Stefano)
Antonello Emidi .... camera loader
Sergio Faina .... grip
Morris Flam .... gaffer (as Mo Flam)
Mohamed Gharbi .... electrician: Tunisia
Mario Lamoratta .... generator operator
Maurizio Lorenzetti .... video playback operator
Giampaolo Majorama .... grip (as Gianpaolo Majorana)
Stefano Marino .... best boy
Daniele Massaccesi .... Steadicam operator
Daniele Massaccesi .... second camera operator
Francesco Mele .... grip
Michele Mele .... rigging grip
Tommaso Mele .... key grip
Giuseppe Meloni .... rigging gaffer
Imed Nouira .... grip: Tunisia
Michele Pellegrini .... electrician
Marcello Pericone .... electrician (as Marcello Perricone)
Carlo Postiglione .... grip
Alberto Rogante .... electrician
Salvatore Ruberto .... electrician
Derin Seale .... video playback operator
John Seale .... camera operator
Nejib Shira .... electrician: Tunisia (as Nejib Sriha)
Severino Tramontani .... electrician
Animation Department
Paul J. Franklin .... computer animator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Deirdre Bowen .... casting: Canada
Brendan Donnison .... voice casting: loop group
Risa Kes .... casting: Germany
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alfredo Bocci .... set costumer: second unit
Gabriella Generosi .... seamstress
Amel Helali .... wardrobe assistant: Tunisia
Lilia Lakhoua .... wardrobe assistant: Tunisia
Iris Horta Lemos .... key costumer
Donna Maloney .... key costumer
Kamel Marmouche .... wardrobe assistant: Tunisia
Adriana Mattiozzi .... costumer
Tim McKelvey .... key costumer
Carlo Poggioli .... assistant to costume designer
Franca Rotondo .... seamstress
Salvatore Salzano .... costumer
Montacer Skhiri .... wardrobe assistant: Tunisia
Claudette Lilly .... costume buyer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Rosmary Conte .... first assistant editor: film
Sean Cullen .... apprentice editor
Dan Farrell .... first assistant editor: film (as Daniel Farrell)
Robert Grahamjones .... assistant film editor
Scott Guitteau .... assistant film editor
Edie Ichioka .... first assistant editor: avid (as Edie Bleiman)
Pat Jackson .... associate editor
Glenn Kasprzycki .... telecine operator
Robin Lee .... assistant film editor
Harris Leibowitz .... telecine operator
William Pine .... color timer (as Bill Pine)
Franca Silvi .... assistant film editor
Jeffery Stephens .... assistant film editor
Blake Danforth .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Michael Kelly .... post-production (uncredited)
Matvey Shatz .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
John Constable .... musician: piano solo
Keith Grant .... music recording engineer
Ronnie Hazlehurst .... conductor: Shepheard's Hotel Jazz Orchestra
Ronnie Hazlehurst .... music arranger
Ling Ling Li .... assistant music editor
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor: The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Robert Randles .... music editor
Robert Randles .... soundtrack album producer
Georges Rodi .... music sound designer
Michael Semanick .... music premix
Rupert Coulson .... assistant recording engineer (uncredited)
Fletcher Henderson .... music arranger (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Duncan Barbour .... special vehicle coordinator
Mahmoud Ben Dhifallah .... transportation manager: Tunisia
Andrea Borella .... transportation manager
Other crew
Franco Actis .... pilot: Clifton's Stearman, aerial unit
Sergio Arban .... mechanic: aerial unit
Abdelijjabar Ayadi .... location manager: Tunisia
Amel Becharnia .... production coordinator: Tunisia
Aziz Ben Chaabane .... production assistant: Tunisia
Marco Besagni .... helicopter pilot: aerial unit
Terry Bridle .... mechanic: aerial unit
Annette Carducci .... location manager
Dino Castelli .... production assistant: second unit, Trieste
Giorgio Catalano .... payroll accountant
Mounira Chebbah .... production secretary: Tunisia
Carolyn Choa .... choreographer
Riadh Chouanine .... set nurse: Tunisia
Francesca Cingolani .... production coordinator: Rome
Cristina De Rossi .... assistant location manager (as Christina De' Rossi)
Alberto De Stefani .... accountant: second unit
Fabiomassimo Dell'Orco .... location manager
Gabriella Di Santo .... production coordinator: second unit
Dianne Dreyer .... script supervisor
Fredrica Drotos .... production office: USA
Nancy Eichler .... assistant: Mr. Zaentz
Lorenzo Errico .... assistant location manager
Mouldi Essaidi .... location manager: Tunisia
Sarah Ewing .... assistant: Mr Minghella
Maria Fiorito .... production accountant
Brenda Fuller .... consultant: nursing
Giorgio Gallani .... location manager
Aldo Gasparri .... armorer: Tuscany
Giancarlo Giunchi .... helicopter pilot: aerial unit
Judith Goodman .... production coordinator: Rome & Viareggio
Hannah Green .... researcher
Rachel Griffiths .... script supervisor: second unit
Holly Hardin .... assistant production coordinator
Arthur Hogben .... consultant: demolitions (as Major Arthur Hogben)
Mokhtar Joulak .... location manager: Tunisia
Larry Kaplan .... unit publicist
Vernice Klier .... dialogue coach: Ms. Binoche
Robert Lloyd .... production office: USA (as Rob Lloyd)
Salvatore Magnisi .... accounting assistant
Lina Martins .... assistant: Ms. Binoche
Adel Marzouki .... set doctor: Tunisia
Maria Grazia Melline .... production secretary
Karin Mercurio .... accountant
Silvia Ranfagni .... assistant production coordinator
Carl Schmidt .... armorer: Sahara desert
Enzo Sisti .... production auditor
Francesca Spinotti .... production assistant
Ridha Tayak .... accountant: Tunisia (as Ridha Taya)
Brahim Toumi .... location manager: Tunisia
Aminta Townshend .... production assistant
Giorgio Tregnaghi .... production accountant: Tunisia
Leila Turki .... location manager: Tunisia
Ridha Turki .... fiscal representative: International Monastir Films, Tunisia
Pino Valenti .... airplane coordinator: aerial unit
Daniela Vecchi .... production coordinator
Becky Veduccio .... assistant: Mr. Fiennes
Clive Watson .... pilot: Madox's Tiger Moth, aerial unit
Alan White .... translite backings
Vito Colazzo .... location manager: second unit, Italy (uncredited)
Christopher Gambale .... assistant: Harvey Weinstein (uncredited)
Juliet Mason .... production accountant (uncredited)
Deborah Ross .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for sexuality, some violence and language
162 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A | Chile:14 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-11/9 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-12/9 (2012 reform re-rating) | France:U | Germany:12 (bw) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:R(A) (original rating) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #34884)

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Ralph Fiennes' burnt head make-up had not only to be medically accurate but had also to subtly reflect map-making and cartography, one of the film's major themes.See more »
Anachronisms: After the plane crash when Katharine has been moved to the cave, Laszlo leaves her with some supplies to hold her over until he can return with help. When Katharine is having problems with a flashlight, she smacks the light against her palm and looks into the light's reflector. The bulb shown in this shot is a halogen high-performance type lamp which was not available until 1959 (in A.C./household bulbs. These bulbs were not available for flashlight use until the late 1970's/early 1980's when longer lasting alkaline batteries were available to supply these extremely bright and power thirsty bulbs.See more »
Almásy:There is no God... but I hope someone looks after you.
Madox:Just in case you're interested, it's called the suprasternal notch. Come and visit us in Dorset when all this nonsense is over.
[Heads away but turns back]
Madox:You'll never come to Dorset.
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87 out of 126 people found the following review useful.
Epic story that mixes lust with a mystery story – worthy stuff but a touch too slow, 26 February 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Tuscany WW2. Traumatised by the loss of anyone she cared for or loved, Canadian nurse Hana stays behind her unit with a dying patient, Count Laszlo de Almásy. de Almásy is burnt all over and has lost his memory. When a vengeful, mysterious thief arrives at their abandoned monastery with a past that seems to include de Almásy , and as Hana reads from his book, memories return regarding his past. He relives his story of lust and love and the destructive force that forbidden passion unleashed upon his life.

This is quite a modern epic. It has the running time of an epic, it has the gorgeous cinematography of an epic, it has the acting of an epic and it has a story of love (lust) against the backdrop of major events in history. Even though it changes or leaves out a significant amount of the original novel it still manages to be a great mix of passionate desire and mystery. The mystery of the story is represented by the thief Caravaggio who casts light on what he knows of de Almásy's past (as he sees it) while the love story is unfolded as it develops in a passionate affair between him and Katherine, a colleagues' wife. The story is compelling enough to carry the long running time, at times the pace seems a little slow and when I saw it in my local multiplex there were some moments where large portions of the audience seemed to be shifting in their seats.

The ‘love' of the story was interesting as it seems to be contrasted with Hana's relationship with Kip the bomb disposal expert. While de Almásy's relationship with Katherine starts as lust and desire before growing into what seems to be love (or could be grief at the result of their affair), Hana's is portrayed as purer and more careful as she fears those she loves will die. This difference helped me see that the film did want to show the destructive power of lust and affairs, however the fact that the central relationship was based more on lust than love took away from the emotional core of the story.

The acting is almost impeccable. Fiennes is excellent even when he is lost behind an unrecognisable mask of burnt flesh. Thomas is actually very good, I find she tends to be very wooden in some things but this type of very English character brings the best out of her. Binoche is excellent as Hana and carries the heart of the film. Dafoe is truly excellent - his element of the story is the mystery and he does it well. He is a great actor and deserves to be in things this good. The support cast include plenty of good actors including Colin Firth, Jurgen Prochnow and Naveem Andrews.

The film is beautifully shot - even though it's all a bit too picturesque to be real! However the director can handle himself well with many different scenes - a tense bomb diffusal, a passionate love scene, a dangerous sand storm etc. Overall the slow pace may frustrate some younger audiences but this is a really good film that draws it's values from classy sources.

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