A Quiet Passion

"A Quiet Passion becomes both a celebration of the creative spirit, and a poignant reminder of its fragility." The List

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Emily Dickinson - poet, recluse, spinster, agoraphobic - doesn't seem an obvious subject for a film, but this biopic from Terence Davies (The Sunset Song, Of Time and the City, House of Mirth) pulses with passion (quietly!).  We see her a happy child, a witty and challenging young woman, and finally an increasingly embittered older woman, while an obsession with death and mortality dogs her at each stage.  And we see her fervent scratchings in the dark of night, as her repressed passions take flight and soar in her verse. Davies surmounts the challenges of dramatising such a circumscribed life with the help of an inspired performance from Cynthia Nixon, who seems to build the character from the inside out so that even her stillness is as eloquent as the poetry.  

They shut me up in Prose –
As when a little Girl
They put me in the Closet –
Because they liked me "still" –

Still! Could themself have peeped –
And seen my Brain – go round –
They might as wise have lodged a Bird
For Treason – in the Pound –

E.D. circa 1862


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125 mins

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