A Quiet Passion

2016

Biography  Drama  

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Keith Carradine as n Fathernn
Cynthia Nixon as n Emily Dickinsonnn
Emma Bell as n Young Emilynn
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by rebeccasorens 9 / 10

To stylized to be entertaining

After the disappointment of of "Sunset Song" Terence Davies has made a storming comeback with "A Quiet Passion", though it is quietude rather than 'storming' that is most applicable. Expect nothing more or less from Davies than more of the same, of course. Davies makes slow films and "A Quiet Passion" is no different from anything else he has given us nor would we want it to be. This time his subject is the poet Emily Dickinson and this is easily one of the greatest of all period films.Davies sketches Dickinson's life in a series of brush strokes from rebellious youth to painful death in early middle-age through a series of short, sharp conversation scenes, mostly with members of her own family together with readings from her poetry and the detail he packs into these scenes is extraordinary. He is helped in this by his brilliant cast. What we have here is an ensemble performance of the highest order; from the supporting cast it's almost impossible to single anyone out though I doubt if either Keith Carradine or Jennifer Ehle have ever been better while Cynthia Nixon is quite magnificent as Dickinson.Nothing she has done in the past quite prepares you for this; it's an indelible performance as fine, indeed, as Gillian Anderson's in "The House of Mirth" but then Davies has always been a great director of women, going all the way back to "Distant Voices, Still Lives". Perhaps this has something to do with his sexuality, perhaps not; perhaps his being a gay man has nothing to do with anything, though one only has to look to Cukor to see a connection.He is also a remarkably fine writer with a perfect 'ear' for dialogue regardless of the period in which his films are set. Of course, "A Quiet Passion" won't light up the sky when it comes to the box-office. This is a film for aficionados but anyone willing to embrace its multitudinous charms will be amply rewarded. Personally, I think it's a masterpiece.

Reviewed by bert-huys-242-355755 9 / 10

Excellent quiet drama

- He's not even capable of making up his mind. - That's because he's too stupid to have one. You'd expect this kind of witty dialogue in a Woody Allen film about condescending New York intellectuals. But 'A Quiet Passion', about 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson, is also full of it. Clearly, she used her talent not only to write poetry, but also to engage in spirited conversation. British director Terence Davies shows Dickinson as a person who refused to stick to the strict rules of life in the Victorian era. She had a mind of her own, and was not afraid to speak out. At the same time, she seemed to have trouble finding happiness. The most tragic element of her life was that her poetry was hardly appreciated. Only a few poems were published in the local paper. All this is subtly shown in the biopic, which follows Dickinson from her childhood to her death. The poems are read by a voice-over, which is not the easiest way to appreciate poetry. But at the same time, the poems are a necessary element to understand Dickinson as she was. Cynthia Nixon gives a good, restrained performance. It's nice to see her in a role that's the complete opposite from the career lawyer Miranda in 'Sex and the City'. Director Davies doesn't speed things up. The film is a calm and quiet affair, which is good because Dickinson's life itself was calm and quiet. Some scenes are beautiful just because they are unhurried: in one scene, the camera moves extremely slowly around Dickinson's living room, lingering on walls and doors as well as on the people present. If you are acquainted with Emily Dickinson's work, this film gives an interesting insight into her life and her poetry. If you're not, this film is a great introduction to it.

Reviewed by Paul-Connell 9 / 10

Surprisingly good

Whatever happens in this crazy and fast and digital world, Terence Davies remains the director of slow pacing dramas. Also his latest movie is another masterpiece of 'A Quiet Passion'. You have to see this movie on a big screen because every shot is like a painting. I did not know the actress Cynthia Nixon at all, but she is marvellous as the poet Emily Dickinson. All the members of the family - Jennifer Ehle as Lavinia 'Vinnie' Dickinson (Emily's sister), Duncan Duff as Austin Dickinson (Emily's brother), Joanna Bacon as Emily Norcross Dickinson (Emily's mother) and Keith Carradine as Edward Dickinson (Emily's father) are excellent. I must say that I want to read some poems of Emily Dickinson after seeing this movie.So Terence Davies remains one of my favorite directors with his unique slow pacing style that I like so much. I must say that I liked The Deep Blue Sea, another movie of Terence Davies, even more. That picture with Rachel Weisz and Tim Hiddleston is still the best movie that I have seen at the cinema in the last five years (2011-2016).But A quiet Passion is surely in my list of top ten movies that I have seen this year at the cinema. This is my personal top 10 of movies that I have seen so far in 2016: 1. Frantz; 2. La Pazza Gioia; 3. A Quiet Passion; 4. Tanna; 5. Juliana; 6. Magallanes; 7. An; 8. Les innocentes; 9. El Olivo; 10. Carol.

Reviewed by Martin Bradley ([email protected]) 9 / 10

Arguably Davies' finest film

I dragged myself to see a film about someone I knew nothing about - except from a line in a Simon and Garfunkel song - and the odd mention from friends years ago - assuming it could easily be a scriptwriters fantasy world - but at least a costume drama outlining the person, her surroundings and time.It was in fact very moving - drawing you into a the completely unknown mind of this women and the people around her - no one left the cinema immediately but just stayed and stared - were they as upset as I was ?It was all the more interesting coming one day after a very interesting documentary of the journey of the Mayflower migrants from 1608 when they fled to Holland for a new life and then to a ship in 1620 to cross the Atlantic so their children would still be English and not Dutch puritans - the documentary forces you to step into the minds and motives of these people, who should have perished but managed to survive due to a powerful faith - which appears just nonsense to me - but it does come from the times - the evolution of human consciousness.Emily Dickinson is there 200 years after - still in a fossilized society - soon to be taken over by Irish Catholicism in Boston - in a style reminiscent of a theater play of the day - at first too witty and full of riposte, but which slowly takes hold of you.The actors are all good, but the driving force is the question of what it was like to be a woman in this time - what did they actually think and do - why did Emily and her sister not marry but stay at home - was the world outside, and the society of men, so cold, foreign and formal that they stayed where they were sure there was warmth.A good film if you want to realize you don't really understand how other people see the world - and to be moved by the fact they simply exist and feel, and are then snuffed out like a candle flame.

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