Wow. Wow. I saw this movie a few hours ago and I'm still awestruck. I usually hate romance movies, but this was so much more than that. The performances were amazing, absolutely amazing. Jaye Davidson and Stephen Rea gave two of the best performances in movie history, I kid you not. I think that the members of the Academy should all be taken out and beaten for overlooking them. They never give Oscars to those who deserve them, with a few exceptions. (Benicio Del Toro in Traffic comes to mind as someone who won AND deserved an Oscar. Then again, they gave the Best Actress to Julia Roberts. Blech!)
I have to go find Stephen Rea's other movies. I had only seen him in one other movie before this, and that was Interview With The Vampire. He is such a great actor. He's not particularly good-looking, but he has this magnetic presence. You just can't take your eyes off him. Whitaker had a small part, but he was flawless in every scene. As for Davidson, well... Just go watch the movie, you'll know what I'm talking about.