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  • Dec 26, 2003
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Pros: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zelwegger - story line, scenery

Cons: A little long perhaps

This film vividly recreates the emotions and images of a terrible chapter in American History. Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zelwegger give solid performances and bring the characters of Cold Mountain to life.

The film boils down to the dramatically shifted realities of a Southern town in North Carolina and ultimately a handful of characters. The devestation of the war, the desecration of the land, the subjegations of those who are powerful against those who are weak, the practicals of scratching out a living when you have nothing all make for a compelling film.

A love story that is set amidst the horrors of war is nothing new to Hollywood but this film captures the emotions in a profound way. The film is non judgemental in a North versus South debate and portrays people as either good or bad. There are plenty of both on each side. THe audience gets to view people strugling with emotions that are in conflict with what they are told to believe, fight for, die for and life is reduced to surviving loss.


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