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Rita Kempley - Style section, "The result is completely intoxicating"

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Awash in heart-rending emotions and gorgeous images, this is a movie to lose yourself in."

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This movie won the 1996 Oscars for Best Picture; Director (Anthony Minghella); Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche); Art Direction; Cinematography; Sound; Original Dramatic Score; Costume; and Film Editing.

'The English Patient'

Scene from this movie The charred man (Ralph Fiennes) is the "English patient" of the title. The unidentified survivor of a plane crash in World War II, he has been found in the North African desert, his skin a mass of fleshy parchment, his memory a thing of the past. Turned over to the allies, hes taken into custody by a medical convoy in Italy. But because of his hopeless condition, hes essentially left to die in a deserted monastery in Tuscany, under the care of Hana, a French-Canadian nurse with emotional ghosts of her own.

We learn soon enough that the "English" patient actually is Count Laszlo de Almasy, a Hungarian linguist and explorer, who was assigned to North Africa as a map-maker. Among his colleagues were the vivacious, brilliant Katherine Clifton and her husband, Geoffrey, a British aristocrat. It becomes apparent that Almasy fell in love with Katherine and had a passionate affair with her. -- Desson Howe
Rated R

Director: Anthony Minghella
Cast: Ralph Fiennes; Juliette Binoche; Willem Dafoe; Kristin Scott Thomas; Naveen Andrews; Colin Firth; Julian Wadham; Juergen Prochnow
Running Time: 2 hours, 42 minutes
Filmographies: Ralph Fiennes; Kristin Scott Thomas; Juliette Binoche; Willem Dafoe