Bright Star

Bright Star

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Bright Star

Kiwi director Jane Campion's (The Piano) drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), which was cut short by Keats' untimely death at age 25. Keats considered himself a failure in his own lifetime, but he was later "discovered" and revered as one of the great Romantic poets.

Bright Star was a hit at Cannes and opened the 2009 New Zealand International Film Festival.

2009119 minsUK, Australia
DramaTrue Story & BiographyRomance
Director:
Jane Campion ('The Piano', 'In The Cut', 'The Portrait of a Lady', 'An Angel at My Table')
Writer:
Jane Campion
Cast:
Ben WhishawAbbie CornishPaul SchneiderKerry FoxEdie MartinThomas Brodie-Sangster
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Variety

Variety

press

Breaking through any period-piece mustiness with piercing insight into the emotions and behavior of her characters, the writer-director examines the final years in the short life of 19th-century romantic poet John Keats through the eyes of his beloved, Fanny Brawne, played by Abbie Cornish in an outstanding performance.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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Director Jane Campion has a knack for portraying female characters so intimately that she seems to get beneath their skin. She does it again in Bright Star, an exquisite piece of film-making about the doomed romance between the poet John Keats and his neighbour Fanny Brawne.

5.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Forget The Piano. Jane Campion's calm, subtle and measured film about Keats is the best of her career.

5.0
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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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What Campion does is seek visual beauty to match Keats' verbal beauty. There is a shot here of Fanny in a meadow of blue flowers that is so enthralling it beggars description.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Easily Campion's best film, it deserves to be remembered as one of the best films ever about love.

5.0
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Newshub

Newshub

press

There will be some who may find Bright Star a little too slow and I can understand that feeling. My advice is, nestle back in your big cinema seat with a glass of red wine or a big box of popcorn, make yourself comfortable, and let the romance and poetry wash over you.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Masterfully put-together, made with confidence, intelligence and command.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Campion has created another resonant paean to love’s pain and joy, and gives new life to John Keats, too often now associated with dusty school books.

4.0
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Had I not been with a friend who actually really liked this movie I would have walked out. Terribly boring!

1.0
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There was so much that I loved about this film. The cinematography is beautiful, and the depiction of 1818 Hampstead and British literary society fascinating. Yes, it is a movie that has a great quality of stillness (which is obviously not appreciated by all viewers) but some of us prefer slower and more thoughtful films! I enjoyed the talented acting too -...

5.0
0

I usually enjoy a good period piece but this one was way too slow for my liking! I know I'm getting older but have to say that this was a first for me - nodding off to sleep at one stage and at most others bored out of my brain! I must say that I have never fidgeted so much at a movie in all my life, inwardly screaming "please let it be over!"

1.0
0

It's a beautiful film about love. What a joy. Peter Calder's review summed it up perfectly for me.

5.0
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Exquisite torture of passionate doomed love - fresh and real despite the period of its drama. You feel Jane's love of her craft and conviction in all things beautiful, metaphorical and composed. Although the plot is simple, there is so much to feast on; I'll be back for a second viewing.

5.0
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looks awesome by the trailer .. sucks that the guy has to die though i love ones that have a happier ending :)

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I saw this film at the Film Festival. It is visually stunning. Campion has set up some beautiful shots. Abbie Cornish shines. Wonderful costumes. Some people may find it slow.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Breaking through any period-piece mustiness with piercing insight into the emotions and behavior of her characters, the writer-director examines the final years in the short life of 19th-century romantic poet John Keats through the eyes of his beloved, Fanny Brawne, played by Abbie Cornish in an outstanding performance.

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Director Jane Campion has a knack for portraying female characters so intimately that she seems to get beneath their skin. She does it again in Bright Star, an exquisite piece of film-making about the doomed romance between the poet John Keats and his neighbour Fanny Brawne.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Forget The Piano. Jane Campion's calm, subtle and measured film about Keats is the best of her career.

5.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

What Campion does is seek visual beauty to match Keats' verbal beauty. There is a shot here of Fanny in a meadow of blue flowers that is so enthralling it beggars description.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Easily Campion's best film, it deserves to be remembered as one of the best films ever about love.

5.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

There will be some who may find Bright Star a little too slow and I can understand that feeling. My advice is, nestle back in your big cinema seat with a glass of red wine or a big box of popcorn, make yourself comfortable, and let the romance and poetry wash over you.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Masterfully put-together, made with confidence, intelligence and command.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Campion has created another resonant paean to love’s pain and joy, and gives new life to John Keats, too often now associated with dusty school books.

4.0
0

Had I not been with a friend who actually really liked this movie I would have walked out. Terribly boring!

1.0
0

There was so much that I loved about this film. The cinematography is beautiful, and the depiction of 1818 Hampstead and British literary society fascinating. Yes, it is a movie that has a great quality of stillness (which is obviously not appreciated by all viewers) but some of us prefer slower and more thoughtful films! I enjoyed the talented acting too...

5.0
0

I usually enjoy a good period piece but this one was way too slow for my liking! I know I'm getting older but have to say that this was a first for me - nodding off to sleep at one stage and at most others bored out of my brain! I must say that I have never fidgeted so much at a movie in all my life, inwardly screaming "please let it be over!"

1.0
0

It's a beautiful film about love. What a joy. Peter Calder's review summed it up perfectly for me.

5.0
0

Exquisite torture of passionate doomed love - fresh and real despite the period of its drama. You feel Jane's love of her craft and conviction in all things beautiful, metaphorical and composed. Although the plot is simple, there is so much to feast on; I'll be back for a second viewing.

5.0
0

looks awesome by the trailer .. sucks that the guy has to die though i love ones that have a happier ending :)

0

I saw this film at the Film Festival. It is visually stunning. Campion has set up some beautiful shots. Abbie Cornish shines. Wonderful costumes. Some people may find it slow.

4.0
0