Oscar and Lucinda

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Released 1997

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Director:
Gillian Armstrong
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
Oscar and Lucinda is a 1997 romantic drama directed by Gillian Armstrong, based on the novel written by Pater Carey, that presents a beautiful story of love between two dreamers who have trouble fitting in the society. Oscar Hopkins (Ralph Fiennes), a young priest who becomes a passionate gambler and gives all his prize money to the poor, boards a ship to Australia where he will dedicate himself to missionary work. Lucinda Leplastrier (Cate Blanchett) is an ambitious woman who struggles to overcome the gender discrimination in Australian society by becoming a successful business owner. She buys a glass factory in her home country and is now traveling back from London where she purchased the necessary equipment to get her business venture off the ground. When Oscar and Lucinda meet on board of the ship, the flame of love ignites between the two, especially when they discover gambling to be their common passion. Oscar is ready to do anything to please charming Lucinda, and when he finds out about her dream of building a glass church in a remote location in Australia, he is willing to help her carry out this mission.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    As directed exquisitely by Gillian Armstrong in a headstrong spirit that recalls her debut feature, "My Brilliant Career," this elliptical tale makes up in visual beauty whatever i...

  • 90

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    Armstrong and Jones smoothly navigate the magical tale through numerous shocking twists and turns until they bring it to a most logical, emotionally satisfying conclusion.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Here there is a dry wit, generated between the well-balanced performances of Fiennes and Blanchett, who seem quietly delighted to be playing two such rich characters.

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    Drama

    Themes

    Love & Romance, Gambling