We’ve been spoiled of late with great films about poets and poetry,
from Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson with Adam Driver, to Ann Marie Fleming’s
Window Horses, and Neruda from Pablo Larraín.
A Quiet Passion, from British writer/director Terence Davies, follows
the life of Massachusetts poet Emily Dickinson with a more traditional
biopic trajectory, but it’s not without surprises.
Following its subject from her teenage years (when she’s capably
played by Emma Bell) through her long spinsterhood – the reclusive
writer died aged 55 – lets the film slowly morph from a Whitmanesque
wit-fest, with Catherine Bailey as a bonne vivante, into something
altogether more sombre.
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