Cold Mountain (2003)

Cold Mountain (2003, USA) C-152m. SCOPE *** D: Anthony Minghella. Starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland, Ray Winstone, Kathy Baker, James Gammon, James Rebhorn, Cillian Murphy. Well-produced drama set at the time of the Civil War. A romance is budding between minister's daughter Kidman and simple workman Law, when the man is whisked away to the battlefront and may or may not return to his home turf at Cold Mountain. Kidman, after her father's death, is also faced with the problem of how to handle their farm. Sort-of episodic, predictable, but well-made, always worthwhile. Zellweger won Oscar as Kidman's helping hand. Law seems miscast, though. Fine cinematography by John Seale, production design by Dante Ferretti. Based on a book by Charles Frazier.


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