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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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Terence Davies

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Terence Davies
3 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Bell ... Young Emily
Sara Vertongen Sara Vertongen ... Miss Lyon (as Sara Louise Vertongen)
Rose Williams ... Young Vinnie
Benjamin Wainwright ... Young Austin
Keith Carradine ... Father
Marieke Bresseleers Marieke Bresseleers ... Jenny Lind
David Van Bouwel David Van Bouwel ... Concert Hall Pianist
Annette Badland ... Aunt Elizabeth
Steve Dan Mills Steve Dan Mills ... Dr. Holland
Joanna Bacon ... Mother
Daniel Vereenooghe Daniel Vereenooghe ... Carriage Driver
Michel Delanghe Michel Delanghe ... Carriage Driver Assistant
Maurice Cassiers Maurice Cassiers ... Photographer
Duncan Duff ... Austin Dickinson
Jennifer Ehle ... Vinnie Dickinson
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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 inspiring untold story of an American literary icon.

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images and brief suggestive material | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Historia de una pasión See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR6,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,825, 16 April 2017

Gross USA:

$1,865,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,159,246
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Terence Davies first met Cynthia Nixon when auditioning actresses for a comedy film called Mad About the Boy that ultimately never got made. He never forgot her, though, and her resemblance to Emily Dickinson is what got her cast in this film. See more »

Goofs

In a lamp-lit scene where the Dickinson family sits in the drawing room, Emily is reading a book. The lamp is on the opposite of the print. There is no way she could have seen a single word on the page. See more »

Quotes

Emily Dickinson: We deceive ourselves and then others.
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Soundtracks

Nacht und Träume
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Marieke Bresseleers, Noémie Schellens and Luc De Vos (as Luc Devos)
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19 July 2017 | by ferdinand1932See all my reviews

The intention here is to create a novel in form and movement. It is like most Davies's films, styled in the same characteristic manner. The form means scenes progress in a way that is reminiscent of Bergman's Cries and Whispers' that is, complete in themselves and not always related to the previous action.

Within this template the film is quite successful: the design and the actors, all contribute to something that strives to make a film about an artist. That may not be very interesting and its presentation is quite static, but then, so were the lives of the people depicted.

Where it is flawed is the script, which, no doubt was crafted with some attention, yet, with a limited set of rhetorical devices: paradox, homily, hyperbole, irony, for instance; it soon becomes quite irritating. So many scenes run through a few set pieces with these rhetorical plays which are intended to amuse but repeat themselves and without any forward motion. There it resembles Bergman too: the self chastising, the self examination, accusation and reproach; the moral duty to become better, and while this may recreate the anxieties of the people involved, it is not accomplished writing.

Unfortunately this film has the moral worthiness of chapel instruction without a better insight into its subject.


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