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The English Patient (1996)
The greatest romance movie of all time? Probably...
I've seen a few movies in my time, but this one is exceptional. You'll have to watch it more than once to truly appreciate it, it is emotionally very complex, it explores love and passion at it's most extreme and it's cinematography is just breathtaking. The character of the Count is intensely passionate and tragic without him having to raise his voice or indeed leave his bed, the film is perfectly cast and perfectly acted. The film has a sort of mathematical precision and perfection to it which is rare these days. It combines action, love, tragedy, drama and politics all in one. This movie is unmissable, all the hype surrounding it and all the awards cannot begin to do it any justice. Hats off to Michael Ondaatje for writing the incredible book on which it is based.
Once Around (1991)
Fans of "Untamed Heart" will love this well made predecessor.
This movie will compel you to watch from the first 10 minutes, the plot is very simple, but the characters and the performances are what really make it worth watching. The Oscar winning Holly Hunter ("Renata") delivers one of her unique and consistently brilliant performances, she accurately portrays a woman stuck in a rut facing the pressures of being slightly older and unmarried with no real career and a very possessive Italian American family. The film is also very funny in a "When Harry met Sally" kinda of way and by the end you will want to play the Frank Sinatra tune "Fly me to the Moon" again and again.
Excellent, well made.
The movie is not justifying paedophilia as some people say, the story is far more complex than that. It should not be judged until it has been seen. The casting is brilliant and the film is true to the book. It's about time someone portrayed the book as it was meant to be seen.