A Quiet Passion
Sponsored by M&T Bank
Directed by Terence Davies, 2017, United Kingdom, Rated PG-13, 126 min.
Acclaimed British filmmaker Terence Davies creates a masterful portrait of 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson in this sensitive and lyrical film. Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) delivers a triumphant performance personifying the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the reclusive poet, supported by her close-knit family, whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. In this luminous journey into the poet’s universe, Davies creates a formally audacious rendering of Dickinson’s life, from teenage skepticism to lonely death, using her poems (and a touch of Charles Ives) as soundtrack accompaniment. Davies’s witty, Wildean sense of humor, as well as his alarming vision of life’s grim realities, flavor this consuming depiction of a creative inner world.