Odd, unique, beautifully photographed character study/love story.
Two eccentrics, one the rich owner of a glass-works (Cate Blanchette),
and one an emotionally damaged and physically fragile young minister
(Ralph Fiennes) are united in friendship, and eventually romance by
their obsession with gambling.
Blanchette is luminous and wonderful. Fiennes pushes at times, going
right up to the edge and occasionally over it with his tics and quirks,
but he's ultimately very deeply effecting.
A strange mix of tones, comic, romantic; it behaves both like an epic
and a parody of one. But it has never failed to move me, and it's full
of moments where the beautiful imagery dances so well with Thomas
Newman's delicate score that I get a shiver.