Tuesday, May 02, 2017
A QUIET PASSION
This is certainly not a film for those who want a joyful presentation of Emily Dickinson's life. In fact, I can't imagine a more dour one. But Terrence Davies is not known for making happy movies and Emily Dickinson was not known for living a happy life. A recluse in Amherst, only her poetry kept her going. Cynthia Nixon does an astonishing job of capturing a woman who few would find likable. Honest, yes, Intelligent, yes. but willing to enter the ring with anyone who didn't live up to her expectations. The film is dark, sad. And you begin to wonder if being glib and witty is really such a good trait. Maybe being kind and forgiving make for a better life. Recommended if you are feeling strong. And it is all topped off by Bright's Disease which looked like God's punishment for woman who strove for too much fame.When paired with the recent PBS film on the Brontes, we can be glad we are living in the 21st century. There is a scene when Emily asks her father's permission to write poetry between 2-4 at night. He allows it.