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A Quiet Passion 2016 12

125 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

Terence Davies returns with an elegant and deeply moving biopic of poet Emily Dickinson, played with sensitivity and rebellious spirit by Cynthia Nixon. Emily Dickinson is a nonconformist who cannot smooth her own sharp edges. Whether as poet, daughter or woman of faith, she finds herself at odds with the diktats of religion and society. Retreating into the bosom of her Massachusetts family, relief comes in the form of a new neighbour, Vryling Buffam, who offers Emily an equal of the mind, as well as some excellent sassy badinage. But Dickinson’s longings for romance, and insecurities about her own attractiveness, are at odds with the amount of love she has to give.

Featuring a finely curated selection of her poems in voiceover, A Quiet Passion details many facets of Dickinson’s character: her wit and linguistic command; an inescapable melancholy, and her poetry’s transcendent ability to connect with other people in ways she cannot.

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Directed by

Terence Davies

Featuring

Cynthia Nixon

Jodhi May

Jennifer Ehle

Genres

Biopic

Collection

Festival Favourites BFI London Film Festival Presents

Certificate

12 upsetting scenes of illness

Released

2016

Country

United Kingdom

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