Cold Mountain: Phill Bray/ Miramax Films
EW Staff
November 25, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

”Cold Mountain” is one of the 10 holiday movies we can’t wait to see

WHY WE CAN’T WAIT If there’s any movie that’s bucking for Oscars this season, it’s this war drama/period love story, with its literary pedigree, master-thespian cast (Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Renée Zellweger, Natalie Portman, Philip Seymour Hoffman), and A-list director (”The English Patient”’s Anthony Minghella).

SOURCE MATERIAL Charles Frazier’s 1997 best-seller and National Book Award winner

PLOT POINTS Wounded Confederate soldier Inman (Law) embarks on a dangerous odyssey to return to the woman he left behind, Ada (Kidman). She, in turn, struggles to maintain the family farm as winter approaches.

BURNING QUESTION Can an English director, filming English and Australian actors in Romania, tell a story set in North Carolina?

COME FOR The epic spectacle

STAY FOR The intimate glances

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