Film adaptation of Charles Frazier's American Civil War novel. Inman (Jude Law), a southern labourer, goes to war against the northern Yankees. He leaves behind a pastor's daughter, Ada (Nicole Kidman), whom he hardly knows. Ada struggles to earn a living off the land until she gets help from Ruby (Renée Zellweger). As the Confederates are losing the war, Inman gets wounded and seizes his opportunity to escape the fighting and head for home.
Minghella directs with conventional Hollywood polish and makes a passable film out of a dreary book, although from memory they have changed the ending quite considerably. The story itself is a little silly as the lovers' pining is based upon so little time together. They are more in love with the person in their imagination than in real life.
Nugget: reasonable but now somewhat predictable love story. Doesn't really deserve to be called an epic.