Gamble on this film
from Bude, Cornwall
, 31 Aug 2005
Don't be mislead by the description of this film which makes it sound a little implausible. I was only interested in watching it as I was an extra when the filming took place in Cornwall (I don't appear in the final version!) and am really glad I rented it.
This is a story of two addicted gamblers thrown together who must contend with society frowning upon their actions. Beautifully filmed in Boscastle (pre floods) and Australia the scenery is spectacular along with the wonderful Thomas Newman score. Cate Blanchett (in her first starring role) is mesmerising as Lucinda, an heiress who owns a glass factory. Ralph Fiennes (why no Academy nomination for him?) is superb as Oscar, a misfit tortured by his awkward relationship with his devout father (Clive Russell). The film is slow moving which is very much in keeping with the period with superb camerwork.
This film was ignored by mainstream cinemas when it was first released in 1997. What a waste as it a film of great beauty, a fascinating story and wonderful performances - do not miss the opportunity of watching it now.
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