I pretty much exactly agree with Ebert’s review of Cold Mountain. 3 stars.
According to IMDB, the movie was edited using Apple Final Cut Pro software. That’s crazy.
*Spoilers* The scene I liked best was when they’re together and Nicole Kidman is questioning whether they really love each other, whether that’s real. They barely knew each other, and they’d been hoping for each other for so long, that maybe what they really loved or hoped for wasn’t each other, but something the other represented maybe, another time, or an idea, or maybe just hope itself, something they needed to get through. There was something interesting about that to me. Being in love with / hoping for an idea, not a person. That happens sometimes, I think.
It’s nice to know also that Natalie Portman is indeed at least a decent actress. Darn George Lucas.