June 07, 1999 12:00 PM

Julian Sands, Saffron Burrows

Director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas)—presumably to make sure the audience doesn’t miss the point here—spells it all out in the title. (Imagine if Saving Private Ryan had been called Carnage and Valor in World War II Normandy.) He also cuts away from his main story from time to time to show us scenes depicting nothing less than the fall of Adam and Eve. They look like jeans models without the jeans.

The actual story follows—or more accurately, lumbers after—Sands as he matures from an unhappy boy into a family man who falls for a spiritually restless Italian beauty (Burrows). If Figgis had kept his focus on this relationship, which in the end delivers quite a jolt, he might have had a movie. As for Adam and Eve, the whole of mankind already knows how that turned out. (R)

Bottom Line: Bad apple

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