A Quiet Passion

A Quiet Passion

A Quiet Passion

Biopic of celebrated 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson by veteran writer-director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea). Stars Cynthia Nixon (TV's Sex and the City) and Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Prejudice).

"Born in 1830, Dickinson is considered to be a gifted child, but an emotional trauma forces her to give up her studies. The introverted young woman withdraws from society and writes poetry. In spite of her cloistered existence she takes her readers on a journey into the wider world. Terence Davies imagines her biography and explores how Emily Dickinson’s exceptional poems could come into being... Davies’ biopic also describes a talented woman’s lonely and desperate struggle for recognition in a world dominated by men." (Berlin International Film Festival)

2016Rating: PG, Mild themes125 minsUK, Belgium
DramaTrue Story & BiographyFestival & Independent
Director:
Terence Davies ('The House of Mirth', 'The Deep Blue Sea', 'Distant Voices, Still Lives')
Writer:
Terence Davies
Cast:
Cynthia NixonJennifer EhleDuncan DuffKeith CarradineJodhi MayJoanna BaconCatherine BaileyEmma Bell

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A Quiet Passion / Reviews

Variety

Variety

What sets the film drastically off-balance is its contrastingly finicky impulse to paint Dickinson as one of the rapier wits of her generation.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

It displays an urgent outpouring of pent-up creative energy from a director well advanced in his career but tapping into ideas, impulses, and talents that somehow have been kept under wraps throughout his decades of artistic activity.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The Sunset Song director’s film about the reclusive American poet overcomes the challenge of her closed, interior life, with the help of a great performance by Cynthia Nixon.

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The Australian

The Australian

Davies doesn’t shrink from the challenges this darkened mood poses for his audience.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

I can't think of another director with the sensibility to put it on screen.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The film can't escape an underlying static quality that extinguishes the flame before it can get burning.

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BBC

BBC

The film’s deep sympathy for Emily is unmistakable, but it is so stylised that I wished I was watching Nixon on stage in a one-woman play instead – and at times it felt as if I was.

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