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コールドマウンテン(2003年) Cold Mountain (2003)

監督:アンソニー・ミンゲラ/Director: Anthony Minghella
出演 ニコール・キッドマン、ジュード・ロウ、レネ・ゼルヴィガー/Starring: Nicole Kidman‚ Jude Law‚ Renee Zellweger



Zellweger shines

This is a movie about pure love‚ stylistic of the director of The English Patient‚ Anthony Minghella. At the end of the civil war in 1864‚ deserter Inman (Jude Law)‚ sets off on a 500 kilometre walk to Cold Mountain‚ where his love Ada (Nicole Kidman) waits for him. 500 kilometres is roughly the distance between Tokyo and Osaka. Ugh. Along the way of course there are various difficulties. But even so‚ with the power of love‚ Inman pushes onward.
At her home town‚ her priest father passes away‚ and the now much alone Ada sells off the family assets and is running out of food. Along springs wanderer Ruby Thewes (Renee Zellweger). Out of obligation for the night’s lodging and meal‚ Ruby is shocked at Ada’s prim and proper upbringing. As it is impossible for her to live this way‚ Ruby reforms her on techniques of agriculture and manual labor‚ and gives her special lessons on how to live on the snowy frontier. Ada becomes tougher‚ and friendship begins to grow between the once incompatible girls. Along comes an injured Inman‚ who has travelled the 500 kilometres on foot. Although he will die from his injuries‚ they spend the night together and a baby is born. Ruby also finds a partner and they live together as a new family at Cold Mountain as their home.
Kidman is good‚ Jude Law is too‚ but no matter how I look at it‚ it is Zellweger who has "waza-ari." (translators note: "waza-ari" is a term in judo meaning a half-point awarded for good but incomplete execution). Without her performance‚ this would become a pure-love fairytale‚ possibly ending along the lines of "Wow‚ you walked 500 km‚ you must be tired".
Zellweger was nominated for an Oscar in the 2001 film Bridget Jones’ Diary. From the following year she appeared in topical and hit films Chicago‚ Cold Mountain (2003)‚ Cinderella Man (2005). She rapidly received an increased fee for her acting‚ and in 2007‚ she ranked in magnificently at twentieth place in economic magazine Forbes’ top 20 richest women in entertainment. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling (¥1.21 billion)‚ Mariah Carey (¥272 million)‚ Julia Roberts (¥169 million)‚ Cameron Diaz (¥90 million)‚ wealthy supermodel Gisele Bundchen (¥84 million). Mixing with rich actresses‚ Zellweger was 38 years old at the time. She put up a good fight.