Winner of nine, count them, nine academy awards. The Years Best Film raves Time Magazine. Winner of the 1997 Best Picture of the Year. That's right, its the ENGLISH PATIENT. Seriously, call me a queer, but I seriously love this movie. All the characters are well thought out. Juliette Binoche's best movie since Blue (a French film, coincidentally). Willem Dafoe is in it. You get to see Kristin Scott Thomas naked (okay, okay, so she's like 40 something) The movie is based in two parts, and consists of a dizzing array of flashbacks. No sentence in the movie is wasted (I've watched it like 20 times in two years, have read the book, and the script twice, I know) so you have to listen carefully to all the subtext in the actors' words. One part of the movie takes place at the end of WWII, where the nurse Hana is taking care of the English Patient, a pilot who was shot down and is really badly burned. Its obvious he is dying. The two isolate themselves in an Italian monastery so he can die in peace. They are interrupted by the arrival of other people touched by the war, including a thief hired to disarm partisans, and a sapper (a bomb guy) from India (played by the Iraqi on the hit tv series Lost). The other half of the movie takes place prewar. It centers on a desert expidition based out of Cairo for the Royal Geographic Society. The leader of the expidition, Count Almasy from Hungary, has to come to terms with the growing feelings of love he feels for the expidition's newest aerial photographer's wife, Mrs. Katherine Clifton. The movie is awe inspiring in the emotional sense. I was numb when I finished watching it. I cried for like two hours straight, sobbing, why? Why? Anyone else see this masterpiece? *Sigh* Who am I kidding? No one's going to even respond positively to this thread at all. That's okay. Bring it, sukkas.