Earlier this week, I saw Col’ Mountain. I call it that because no one–for everyone is affecting a North Carolina accent–in the film appears able to pronounce the ‘d’ in the title. Speaking of the cast, check out the cultural mosaic who are the leads:
- One Australian
- Two Brits
- One Canadian
- One Israeli
- One Irishman
- Three Americans
All playing 19th century American pioneers in a film shot mostly in Poland.
The film was certainly epic in scope, and nice to look at. Renee Zellweger was fantastic–she is that rare Hollywood A-list actor who is willing to take risky roles. While the whole cast (including surprising, small turns from Giovanni Ribisi and Philip Seymour Hoffman) was very good, they were dwarfed by the scope of the landscape and story.
For me, the most striking feature of Col’ Mountain is its remarkable similarity to The English Patient, another film from Anthony Minghella. Consider the following parallels:
- A star-studded, international cast
- A lengthy film on a massive scale, where characters are victims of their
- The story takes place in a country at war
- The futility of that war is a major theme.
- There are lovers separated by vast distances
- These lovers correspond, and the man stores these correspondances in a book
that is his most prized posession.
- The leading female character is a fish out of water in a land with which
There’s one more major similarity, but it’s a major plot spoiler. Click the link below to read it at your own risk (SPOILER AHEAD):
You’ve been warned:
- The film ends tragically, with one of the lovers dying.