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A Quiet Passion (2016)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 7 April 2017 (UK)
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The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.

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

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images and brief suggestive material | See all certifications »
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€6,900,000 (estimated)

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$45,825 (USA) (14 April 2017)

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$1,864,266 (USA) (7 July 2017)
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Trivia

Terence Davies first read poems when he was 18 years old and he could not totally understand them then, only sense their meaning. See more »

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Emily's brother refers to the draft and the fee for avoiding it right after Fort Sumter, in 1861. The draft and the fee were not established until 1863, and in 1861 everyone was sure that volunteers would end the war very quickly. See more »

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Emily Dickinson: This is my letter to the world that never wrote to me.
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I'm Alone
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Performed by Helen Krizos
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a quiet bore
3 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Quiet Passion" from 2016 is a beautifully photographed and produced film about Emily Dickinson, here played by Cynthia Nixon. Some may be more familiar with the old Julie Harris vehicle about Dickenson, The Belle of Amherst, which she performed on stage.

As a young woman, Dickinson attended a female seminary but ultimately returned home to her family. She was very opinionated and rigid in her beliefs and considered eccentric. She became more and more reclusive and later on refused to leave her bedroom.

She wrote beautiful poetry, much of which was discovered after her death.

Dickinson was a troubled woman, preoccupied with death and no doubt suffered from depression which worsened over the years. She may have also been agoraphobic.

The film, written and directed by Terence Davies was overly long, slow, and boring, done in a pretentious manner. Someone who saw it the same time as I did described it as "starched." It did not draw in this viewer.

The acting was good, with Nixon doing a fine job as Emily and Jennifer Ehle, whom many remember from the wonderful Pride & Prejudice some years ago, gave a lovely performance as her sister Lavinia. Keith Carradine played their father; he was excellent and inspired casting.

"A Quiet Passion" was obviously a labor of love for Davies and for Nixon, and much care was taken with it. For me, it wasn't energized or accessible enough to truly enjoy, which is a shame, as it was treated too preciously.


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