A Quiet Passion
Directed by Terence Davies
HOME, 20 April 2017
This is a biopic of the poet Emily Dickinson.
It is quite a long film and that is part of its character and charm. You suspect Terence Davies wanted to make an old fashioned weepie, a Gone with the Wind or a Bette Davis-type affair, the sort of melodrama that you used to see on BBC2 on Sunday afternoons, and in this he has succeeded admirably.
There is a brilliant performance by Cynthia Nixon as the poet and you get to hear a lot of the poetry as well. You really need to read it on the page, mind, as Dickinson herself is made to say here: her punctuation is all important.
I would like to see Davies adapt a Henry James novel next – this fine film is almost that.