Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday night film selection: The English Patient

A passionate, consuming love story. Told in a manner of the great love stories of the old days. This film rightly holds the title of an epic spectacle.
The acting of the leading actors is supreme and so convincing. The passionate erotic scenes are acted out beautifully and don't come out looking vulgar at all.
I can't help but feel drawn into this tragic story of two people who were literally consumed by the fire of their passion for each other.

I want all this marked on my body. Where the real countries are. Not boundaries drawn on maps with the names of powerful men. I know you'll come carry me out to the Palace of Winds. That's what I've wanted: to walk in such a place with you. With friends, on an earth without maps. The lamp has gone out and I'm writing in the darkness.

The narrative of this movie is very fluid, very poetic with an imminent doom looming over it. There is some wonderful symbolism of light and dark intertwined in the story, teaching us about the true nature of love and possession.
The parallel love story of the young Canadian nurse and an Indian bomb diffuser serves to strengthen the message of the primary story and is not put there to interfere with the flow of the narrative as some suggested.
Over two hours long, this film runs a bit slow but is well worth the watch.