A Quiet Passion

125m, UK/Belgium, DCP

 

The life of poet Emily Dickinson is brought to the screen with this gorgeous, formally exacting biopic. Shifting elegantly from deadpan drawing room comedy to spiritual tragedy, A Quiet Passion tracks Dickinson from boarding school adolescence to reclusive Amherst adulthood (alongside father Keith Carradine and sister Jennifer Ehle). With a fiercely intelligent lead performance from Cynthia Nixon and a soundtrack of Charles Ives and Dickinson’s own verse, Davies (The Long Day Closes) masterfully evokes the inner world of one of our greatest artists. Official selection: Berlin International Film Festival. A Music Box Films release.

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A film by Terence Davies

An absolute drop-dead masterwork… one of the great movies of the time.”

The New Yorker