A Quiet Passion
Director: Terence Davies
Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Duncan Duff, Catherine Bailey
Genre: Drama, Biopic
Country of Origin: UK 2016 125 mins. (12A)
Released by Soda Pictures
Terence Davies' biopic of the 19th Century poet Emily Dickinson who lived with her family in Amherst, Massachusetts offers a fascinating and sensitive glimpse into her world. In an opening scene this remarkable woman's strength of character and individuality shines, when as a young girl (played by Emily Bell) at Mount Holyoke she refuses to accept the dictats of religion and a society dominated by gender inequality.
Feisty, passionate, strong willed and ever questioning, Emily Dickinson longed for romance but felt unattractive. Her family, her father (Keith Carradine), sister Vinnie (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother Austin (Duncan Duff) were forever a focal point in her life but a prim and proper, stay in the background life wasn't for her. Vrying Buffum (Catherine Bailey), Emily's strong willed neighbour offered friendship, wit, charm and a rebellious streak to match her own. Emily Dickinson's genius went unrecognised and unrewarded in her lifetime. Reclusive in later life, her life darkens, disappointment remains and pain, illness and death close in.
Visually stunning with Florian Hoffmeister's painterly tableaux compositions, superb dialogue, a selection of Dickinson's poems feature in voice over and Cynthia Nixon is stunning - it's Terence Davies in top form.