Cold Mountain

Cast
Inman: Jude Law
Ada: Nicole Kidman
Ruby: Renee Zellweger
Rev. Monroe: Donald Sutherland
Veasey: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Sara: Natalie Portman
Junior: Giovanni Ribisi
Teague Ray Winstone

Miramax presents a film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. Based on the book by Charles Frazier. Running time: 155 minutes. Rated R (for violence and sexuality). Opening Thursday at local theaters.

Central Theme
Life is a journey and choosing what we live for and how we live is the reward of the journey.

Story
Directed by Academy Award‚®-winner Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient”, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”) and based on Charles Frazier’s best-selling Civil War novel of the same name, COLD MOUNTAIN tells the story of Inman (JUDE LAW), a wounded confederate soldier who is on a perilous journey home to his mountain community, hoping to reunite with his pre-war sweetheart, Ada (NICOLE KIDMAN). In his absence, Ada struggles to survive, and revive her father’s farm with the help of intrepid young drifter Ruby (RENEE ZELLWEGER). — ‚© Miramax Films

A moving film marked by great cinematic artistry, remarkable use of light and darkness, compelling yet understated and restrained performances, A pacing that itself conveyed the sense of a different time and place.

A reminder of an age when people still believed God was part of daily life¢â‚¬¦and prayer was worth it even in, especially in the darkest hour. However it was also a day of hypocrisy as portrayed by Rev. Veasey a womanizing, self-serving, duplicitous fundamentalist pastor. It was also a day of convention and propriety among people striving for decency in their romantic pursuits. This, in part, explains why the depth of love, commitment, loyalty and chastity of Inman and Ada seems so otherworldly today.

There is clearly a sense of naivety and futility of the Civil War and young men who fought it. As Inman’s young pursuer said, “I’ll tell you what I’ve got on my side¢â‚¬¦the confidence of youth.” In war as in life, some things never change.

Beliefs num
–Love is more powerful than hate.
–Unrealized love can be as powerful as realized love.
–There are people and places worth returning to and fighting for.
–The blood of those in the past paid for the life we enjoy.
–There will be a reckoning, a judgment in which good and evil deeds will be accounted for.
–We cannot change the past, or restore what is lost, but we can learn from it.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What are the artistic merits of this film?
–What elements common to human experience did you resonate with in this film?
–What elements in word, deed, theme or behavior created a dissonance with who you are or want to be spiritually?
–What does this film tell us about who God is? Who humans are? What we are seeking in life?
–What sustained Inman and Ada while they were apart?
–Could such a relationship survive today?
–How did this movie affect your attitude about war?
–What enabled Inman to resist the temptation posed by Sara?

Provocative Quotes byline
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==CW EDITORS.
–I fear this war; this awful war will have changed us beyond all reckoning.
==Inman.
–My congregation is still disputing the size of the windows.
==Rev. Monroe to builders of the church.
–Play me something sweet¢â‚¬¦like a girl’s waiting for me.
==Oakley on deathbed.
–Our home is always open at any time to all of you.
==Rev. Monroe.
–This doesn’t come out right¢â‚¬¦if it was OK to stand without the words.
==Inman awkward with words to Ada.
–Inman. It is three years and I remember your name.
==Ada letter to injured Inman.
–I imagine God is weary of being called down on both sides of an argument.
==Inman about the war.
–WHOEEY. We got our war¢â‚¬¦It’s about time.
==Young men outside church when war is declared.
–But then who’ll be waiting for you?
==Ada doesn’t want to leave Cold Mountain.
–I brought you this book¢â‚¬¦and this (photo). I’m not smiling in it. I don’t know how to do that¢â‚¬¦hold a smile.
==Ada to Inman.
–We’ll be back in a month.
==Exuberant young men off to war.
–I lost your mother after 22 months of marriage. It was enough to last a lifetime.
==Rev. Monroe to Ada about her brief romance.
–I would have followed you anywhere¢â‚¬¦to Mongolia.
==Ada to father, an indication of her loyalty.
–Are you alive? I pray to God you are.
==As her father sits slumped in a chair outside in the rain.
–He ain’t coming back. You must know that in your heart. Look at me. I’m not nothing.
==Teague.
–If you are fighting, stop fighting. If you are marching, stop marching. Come back to me¢â‚¬¦come back to me is my request.
==Ada’s letter to Inman.
–Any soldier found deserting is guilty of treason and will be shot. Anyone who takes in a deserter is guilty of treason and will be shot.
==Edict the day Inman runs from the hospital.
–Yesterday I saw you walking back to me.
==Ada to Inman after looking in a mirror in the well.
–Let’s put him in a pot.
==Ruby after killing the rooster with her bare hands.
–Thank you. I was going to do a grievous wrong.
==Rev. Veasey who was about to kill the slave girl he impregnated.
–I count the number of words that have passed between us, Inman and me — not very many. But I think about it.
==Ada.
–Ruby, this fence may be the first thing I ever did that might produce a result.
==Ada whose Father prepared her for a life of the mind, but not for life.
–She’s the place I’m heading. But I hardly know her. I just can’t seem to get back to her.
==Inman.
–I’ll go. I love someone. I love someone very much.
==Inman lying in bed with Sara and resisting temptation.
–My love where are you? With no hope of reaching you I write to you¢â‚¬¦as I have always done.
==Ada to Inman.
–Isn’t there some religion where you say, “I marry you” three times and you are married? Inman, I marry you, I marry you, I marry you.
==Ada.
–I’ll be with you by nightfall.
==Inman to Ada.
–I tell you what I got on my side, the confidence of youth.
==Inman’s young pursuer.
–There will be a reckoning when this war is over, there will be a reckoning.
==Ada.
–A reckoning is for your world not mine.
==Teague.
–What we lost will never be returned to us. The land will not heal too much blood. All we can do is learn from the past and make peace with it.
==ADA.
–If you saw us this Easter¢â‚¬¦you would know that every step of your journey is worth it
==Ada.
–For good friends, good food, good family, for all your blessings dear Lord we thank you.
==Ada prayer at Easter meal.

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