Oscar and Lucinda
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Australian director Gillian Armstrong directed this Laura Jones adaptation of Peter Carey's 1988 Booker Prize-winning novel. In a lengthy flashback, Oscar Hopkins' great grandson (Geoffrey Rush) narrates the family history that led to his birth. On an Australian farm, Lucinda Leplastrier was tutored by her intelligent mother, a woman who took part in the early feminist movement. Oscar's lonely boyhood in rural England was under the watchful eye of his preacher father. At Oxford to train as a minister, the adult Oscar (Ralph Fiennes) feels he doesn't fit in and develops a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

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"This is after all a Gillian Anderson picture, which means the film's physical production is just as impressive as its spiritual apsiration; Cate Blanchett, in a role originally intended for Judy Davis, is bound to become a major star"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"After a promising opening, the film meanders so much I thought it would never end."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Prettiness, yoked to stirring melodramatic material, is simply overburdened with more than it can deliver."
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
"Fiennes and Blanchett have a special magic and air of giddy humor about them when they are together."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"a beautifully observed, wildly unpredictable period piece that's part bittersweet comedy, part adventure and altogether enchanting."
‑ James Sanford, James Sanford on Film
"Poetic and poignant film about two oddballs who are destined to meet and to fill each other with delight."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Has trouble creating compelling characters."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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