In writer-director Anthony Minghella’s first feature film, Nina is devastated by the death of her boyfriend, Jamie, who reappears to her as a ghost, almost as if he were conjured by her palpable grief.
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While Rickman may be remembered most as Hans Gruber (Die Hard), the Sheriff of Nottingham (Robin Hood: POT) and Sir Alexander Dane (Galaxy Quest), the film that launched Minghella's career epitomises the delicacy along with the sardonic verve of Rickman's repertoire. A true, sketchy, low-budget delight of a Brit film (magic realism in tow) starring two prolific thesps of the highest order.
Well mounted but a rather irritating stew of drama workshop theatrics. That's not to say there are not moments of tenderness and interplay but these tend to get lost under the smugly London metropolitan veneer.
a recommendation by alison hazell who first saw this screened on the bbc, she cried like she did the first time and insisted on explaining the entire film to me at the end, even though i understood it. what a moustache snape used to have.