The book that the movie is based on is by Charles Frazier from North Carolina where both are set. I haven’t read the book but watching the movie and reading a short excerpt about why Frazier wrote it has made me interested in doing just that. If anyone out there has read the book I’d love to hear what you think of it. I think the previous link is made much more poignant after you see the movie or presumably read the book. It makes an insightful postscript to the experience.
It is tempting to pigeonhole this is as a more realistic and slightly more northern version of Gone with the Wind but the Confederate side of the Civil War story has enough breadth to encompass both stories.
Cold Mountain, at heart, is the story of Ada (Nicole Kidman) and Inman (Jude Law) learning to cope with a difficult world without giving up on a romantic love that really doesn’t have much underpinning it. They have scarcely more than a few dozen words between them and one or two kisses. That’s it. Neither are really sure that their love is real. And yet that seems enough to make both endure incredible hardship to get back together again in Cold Mountain. The performances of Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and especially Renée Zellweger are superb enough to warrant seeing this film and I hope you enjoy the rest too.