Mark Kermode reviews A Quiet Passion

Mark Kermode reviews A Quiet Passion

Mark Kermode reviews A Quiet Passion. The story of poet Emily Dickinson ranging from her youth as a schoolgirl to her later years as a recluse.

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  1. Barnett
    Barnett 14 April, 2017, 03:49

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)Ghost in the Shell (2017) •̀.̫•́✧
    ➤✮ ☬✔

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  2. NickEntity
    NickEntity 14 April, 2017, 03:49

    This film is the most dreary, dull thing I've ever watched. I wanted to tear my eyes out about 40 minutes in.

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  3. Andy G
    Andy G 14 April, 2017, 03:49

    'A Quiet Passion' is a bizarre film and probably Terence Davies's worst effort. During the first twenty minutes I was perplex by it, thinking 'is this what the filmmaker really wanted?', and then found through the next hour and forty, that it sadly was. In general, each scene is a tableau of such stilted dialogue and performance that it just made me shake my head with incredulity. It is without doubt trying to be intellectual and have intellectual wit, but it falls flat at every turn. It was as though Davies hates the poetry of Emily Dickinson and has made almost every effort to put off the curious viewer. He has certainly done the poet a huge disservice. The candle lit interior scenes do have a lovely softness of light, and a couple of the tableaus are actually quite beautiful, but across two hours of poetry recitation, accompanied by painfully clunky dramatisation, it is simply nowhere near good enough. There is an important gender equality message here, but it is so clunky told that only the most ardent of feminists could love it. 1/5

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  4. Nerrvih
    Nerrvih 14 April, 2017, 03:49

    The clip was horrendous – I have no religious bone in my body but she just came off as a disrespectful high school freshman who just discovered religion is man made and must share this incredible revelation with everyone else. Hope this does not represent rest of the movie well

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  5. Isabella Morris
    Isabella Morris 14 April, 2017, 03:49

    YES!! So glad this is good!! Studying Emily Dickinson for uni exams and will see this for "research". (Also the "trembling with hope/sadness/something" comment is promising, bc her poetry kinda does that too)

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  6. paul harris
    paul harris 14 April, 2017, 03:49

    It's wonderful that a independent filmmaker like Davies is able to flourish and make the films he wants too. But speaking from my experience of watching some of his films i'm usually left cold, they are very stilted and lack engagement. I will watch this with an open mind though.

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  7. Mojos Bigstick
    Mojos Bigstick 14 April, 2017, 03:49

    Hey Simon – Cynthia Nixon was in 'Amadeus'.  No plug for your favourite film?

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  8. Mizuru Souten
    Mizuru Souten 14 April, 2017, 03:49

    Seen 2 Davies films so far, very much not a fan (yet). Seen The Deep Blue Sea which I thought was trite and forgettable, and the other being the seemingly universally loved The Long Day Closes which had no effect on me at all, I was disconnected and disinterested almost the entire time. He's pumping out a lot of films like another Ter(r)ence as of late (also the one I actually love), so maybe I'll find something to like as his filmography grows and I keep digging, but so far, nadda.

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  9. paul harris
    paul harris 14 April, 2017, 03:49

    Kermode loves anything by Davies, whether the films are any good or not, the fact Davies is making films now seems to be enough for Kermode.

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  10. Rowan Crump
    Rowan Crump 14 April, 2017, 03:49

    Jodhi May is in it – I'm in!!!

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