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Oscar and Lucinda

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Writer: Laura Jones
Director of Photography:Geoffrey Simpson
Editor:Nicholas Beauman
Music:Thomas Newman
Production Designer:Luciana Arrighi
Producers:Robin Dalton and Timothy White
Fox Searchlight; R; 131 minutes
Cast:Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciaran Hinds and Tom Wilkinson
Based on the novel by Peter Carey

A quaint film with one of the most offbeat plots in recent memory, Oscar and Lucinda works on many levels — visual, metaphysical, spiritual. Its main flaw lies in the script, which is burdened with in-your-face symbolism. Shy Oscar Hopkins (Fiennes) sacrifices a career as a clergyman for his gambling habit. He finds a soulmate in spunky Lucinda Leplastrier (Blanchett), an heiress who's obsessed with glass and gambling. Their ultimate roll of the dice comes when Oscar tries to deliver a fragile glass church across Australia to a friend of Lucinda's (Hinds).

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