100 Discs of Christmas #12 – The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

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The late Anthony Minghella directed many wonderful films, but this is probably my favourite. It’s based on a Patricia Highsmith novel – a cold, compelling book – and turns it into a sumptuously filmed and intelligent character study of a man with a talent for pretending to be people he is not.

Matt Damon is terrific in the title role, but for me the real highlight is Jude Law, fantastically charismatic as a rich narcissist befriended by the dangerous Tom Ripley.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), directed by Anthony Minghella, is released on blu-ray disc and DVD in the UK by Studio Canal, Certificate 15. 

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