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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Nicolas Cage
John Hurt
Christian Bale
David Morrissey
Irene Papas
Penelope Cruz
Directors
John Madden
Screenwriters
Shawn Slovo
Running Time
130 minutes

Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Adaptation of Louis De Berniere's hit novel, with Nic Cage and Penelope Cruz


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Plot
Cephallonia, 1941. Bright village beauty Pelagia (Cruz) is betrothed to simple, boyish Mandras (Bale), who has gone off to fight in Albania. As the Italians invade the island, Pelagia is drawn to the charming, musical, life-embracing 'enemy', Captain Corelli (Cage). But their love seems impossible when the Greek partisans (including Mandras) organise resistance and the Germans brutally take control of their paradise.


Verdict
A cinematic box of chocolates. It looks good and has yummy moments, but leaves you wanting something more substantial. The cast manfully fight to make it more than a photogenic romance, but that said, the ending is a lot more emotionally acceptable than in the book.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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