In contrast to Almasy and Katherine's tempestuous relationship is the tender, tentative romance between Almasy's nurse, Hana (Juliette Binoche), and bomb expert Kip (Naveen Andrews) in the film's present, near the end of the war. Hana believes she is cursed, that those she loves will invariably be killed they frequently are and her reluctance to get close to anyone in a world where friends and lovers are taken suddenly and capriciously will resonate in Almasy's story.
THE CAVE OF THE SWIMMERS
Uwaynat in southwestern Egypt is the location of the ‘Cave of the Swimmers’, the famous cave paintings discovered by Laszlo Almasy in the middle of the western desert. The images, which are found in a region completely devoid of water, curiously depict characters swimming. This cave featured prominently in the film The English Patient.
THE REAL ENGLISH PATIENT