Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 23, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Oscar and Lucinda

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes, Gilliam Armstrong, Geoffrey Rush
director
Gillian Armstrong
genre
Romance, Drama

We gave it an A-

OSCAR AND LUCINDA (R) Gillian Armstrong takes Peter Carey’s remarkable novel about two unlikely gamblers in 19th-century Australia and turns it into a remarkable film, one so visually beautiful that the slowness of the storytelling becomes its own eccentric selling point. Ralph Fiennes plays Oscar, an odd Anglican minister addicted to the thrills of wagering; Cate Blanchett is his soul mate, Lucinda — the kind of warm-blooded feminist that may be Armstrong’s most important contribution to the image of women on screen. A-

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