A Quiet Passion 125 mins

  • A Quiet Passion
  • A Quiet Passion
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  • A Quiet Passion

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Cynthia Nixon gives a career-best, tour-de-force performance as the legendary 19th Century poet Emily Dickinson in the luminous and intensely moving new film from award-winning filmmaker Terence Davies (Distant Voices Still Lives, The House of Mirth), named by The Guardian as ‘Britain’s greatest living director’.

Born into privilege in 1803, Emily Dickinson spent most of her life on her parents’ estate in Armherst, Massachusetts. In her youth, the introverted Emily is depicted as a fiercely intelligent young woman who exchanges forthright opinions on life and art – and, more particularly, on the place of women in a patriarchal society.

Emily becomes more and more reclusive as the years pass, gradually withdrawing from society. In her cloistered existence she is consumed by poetry, but the lack of recognition – fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1800 poems were published in her lifetime – and her frustrations regarding gender inequality and creative integrity make for an ever more vociferous dissention…

Gloriously realising Dickinson’s interior world, Davies gives great weight to the role in which her family, and their various bourgeois guests, play in her life. It’s Emily’s encounters with her sister (Pride & Prejudice’s Jennifer Ehle), brother, mother and father (Keith Carradine) that provide the hinge around which the film is structured.

Stunning in both its sumptuous production design and also in the respect and love that it brings to its subject, the seamless manner in which Dickinson’s sharp-sighted verse is integrated into the narrative is one of A QUIET PASSION’s many joys. Davies’ portrait may just be the perfect match of filmmaker, actress and subject.

What the critics are saying:

“Soul of a Poet: Terence Davies’ ‘A Quiet Passion’ explores the world of Emily Dickinson” – Terrence Davies with Film Journal.

“Cynthia Nixon’s ‘Emily Thing'” – The New Yorker.

“A Quiet Passion and the real Emily Dickinson” – Time.

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5stars
“A masterpiece of mood. An exceptional film, with a searing performance from Cynthia Nixon."
The Independent
5stars
“Remarkable. Delicate and thoughtful… a film brimming with the quiet passion of the title, with endless wit, wordplay and wry observation hidden under its bonnet."
Time Out London
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