I love this movie! The book went into a lot of description along the way - but seemed to drag for me. The movie summed up the struggle that each character faces, while making you ache for them to be together. This is my favorite role for Renee Zellweger.
A truly epic film. The English Patient seamlessly blends together two interwoven storylines that take place in separate timeframes. The romance between the two leads (Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas) is wonderfully believable; they both bring a fascinating depth to their respective characters, and the interactions they have with each other. The locations are breathtaking; the desert is shown to be beautifully barren, and full of a complexity which manifests itself in the triumphs and trials of the main characters. Although the film's plot is slow, it's done so in a deliberate, gentle manner; it moves steadily enough for the viewer to connect with the characters.
If there were a category or subgenre for life affirming movies, this one would be at the top of my list. Tells the story of loss and grief and what it might "really" be like if we could get our loved-ones back after death. Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman give fine, believable performances. Sad, funny, and just plain wonderful.