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Cynthia Nixon astonishes in A Quiet Passion 

The film looks at the life of poet Emily Dickinson.

click to enlarge Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson and Jennifer Ehle as Vinnie Dickinson. - VIA IMDB
  • Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson and Jennifer Ehle as Vinnie Dickinson.
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The dependably astonishing Cynthia Nixon is Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion, the latest in Terence Davies’ exquisitely made string of costume dramas. Despite being set in the early 1900s, it has a depressing relevance: “Live as a woman for a week, Austin,” Emily spits at her brother, “and you will find it neither congenial nor trivial.” Girl. This feminism led to Dickinson’s famous lifelong aloneness, but she comes off defiant and true to herself, not like a sad or crazy bitch and hey, how bout them poems? Is great art worth a terrible life in which you see no success? Do a double feature with Maudie; you will find this question neither congenial nor trivial.
A Quiet Passion
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 125 min. · 2017
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Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies
Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Emma Bell, Duncan Duff, Jodhi May, Joanna Bacon and Catherine Bailey


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