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Quiet Passion (A)

UK, English, 125 mins

  • Director: Terence Davies
  • Writer: Terence Davies
  • Producer: Roy Boulter; Sol Papadopoulos

CGiii Comment

At the Q&A, Mr Davies...in the finest of fettles, explained that his film is about Emily Dickinson's words and her furious passion to protect her soul!

Whether she was [or was not] a lesbian is immaterial...it's the poetry that matters - from a woman who did little else than write. 

Cynthia Nixon delivers those words and a performance with wry dexterity...in - what only can be described as - a surprising comedy of manners.

Here, Dickinson is difficult, amiable, obtuse and fickle. She was passionate about hyphens! Her life was led through the nib of her pen, punctuated with nothing but words!

The wit that runs throughout the film is amplified by Mr Davies' innate talent to catch the reaction...the unspoken looks on the faces of the Dickinson sisters when serving tea...side-splitting stuff...in a film of remarkable light and shade.


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The(ir) Blurb...

The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.

Cast & Characters

Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson;
Jennifer Ehle as Vinnie Dickinson;
Duncan Duff as Austin Dickinson;
Keith Carradine as Father;
Jodhi May as Susan Gilbert;
Joanna Bacon as Mother;
Catherine Bailey as Vryling Buffam;
Emma Bell as Young Emily Dickinson;
Benjamin Wainwright as Young Austin Dickinson;
Annette Badland as Aunt Elizabeth;
Rose Williams as Young Vinnie Dickinson;
Noémie Schellens as Mabel Loomis Todd;
Miles Richardson as Pastor;
Eric Loren as Reverend Wadsworth;
Stefan Menaul as Mr. Emmons

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