Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Oscar and Lucinda|
| This is a period piece about two gamblers -- the title characters -- whose destinies collide when they befriend one another.
Oscar is an Anglican priest who is nonetheless the black sheep in his British family. While traveling aboard a ship to Australia, he meets Lucinda, an heiress from Down Under, who had come to England to check out a glass factory and is returning home. Oscar is a rather meek fellow, while the headstrong Lucinda rebels against the Victorian values of the time. Thus, they have different personalities, but their mutual love for gambling brings them together.
When Lucinda shows Oscar a model of a proposed glass building, he convinces her that it should be a house of worship. Lucinda agrees but bets her entire fortune that Oscar cannot transport the church into the Outback. She accompanies her friend on his journey to erect the glass house of worship into the hinterlands.
--Elana Starr, Resident Scholar
|Oscar is a shy, misfit Anglican priest who emigrates from England to Australia in the mid 1800s. There he meets Lucinda, the forward-thinking teenaged heir to a great fortune, who buys a glass factory and has a dream of building a church of glass and transporting it to the Australian outback. Since both Oscar and Lucinda are passionate gamblers (the early scene where they both discover this truth about the other is platonically yet thrillingly erotic), she wagers her entire fortune that he cannot transport the glass church safely to its destination in the wild, and he takes up the bet to prove his love for her. Fiennes is wonderful as always, but this is the film that introduced the awesome Blanchett to the world, a year before her triumph in "Elizabeth." Australian director Gillian Armstrong brought Peter Carey's acclaimed novel of a strange and awkward love story to the screen in 1997. A little Beethoven, Bach, and Bruckner in the soundtrack didn't hurt.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
- 19th century
Wandering in wilderness
Religion themed film?
- stranded in desert
- religious figure
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard straight
- (man) average
Events of movie makes character more...
How sensitive is this character?
- soggy whimpering jelly muffin
Sense of humor?
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- Smarter than most other characters
- healthy but a geeky weakling
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn straight
- (woman) long wavey
- (woman) very skinny
How much in movie?
- general circumstances
- climbing on trails
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
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