in about 100 words or less
US/UK 162m, Colour
Director: Anthony Minghella; Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas
Despite the film’s beautiful cinematography and Márta Sebestyén’s haunting melody, Szerelem, szerelem, The English Patient is a tedious romantic drama about a severely burned man who is tended to by a French Canadian nurse in an abandoned monastery during WWII. Told as a series of flashbacks, we learn the identity and story of the “English Patient”, which is not as interesting as it should have been, considering the length of the film and the complexity of the screenplay. Likewise, none of the characters are particularly likable or even engaging, making it difficult to be sympathetic in what amounts to selfish and unromantic “tragic romance” (Klaus Ming February 2013).