Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche star in this adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel, written and directed by Anthony Minghella. During the Second World War a badly-burned pilot, known only as ‘The English Patient’ (Fiennes), is cared for in a military medical unit in Italy by nurse Hana (Binoche). As the dying patient’s memory returns, he tells Hana his story – of how he embarked on a passionate affair with Katherine (Kristin Scott Thomas), the wife of one of his colleagues.
Meanwhile, intelligence agent Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe) tells Hana that he suspects the English patient of being a spy for the Germans. This film won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture.