Bright Star (2009)
Critic Consensus: Jane Campion's direction is as refined as her screenplay, and she gets the most out of her cast -- especially Abbie Cornish -- in this understated period drama.
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Critic Reviews for Bright Star
Wonderful attention is paid to detail, including clothing, furniture and highly-stylized behavior. What is missing is emotion.
Campion, who won fans with The Piano (1993) and lost them with the dismal In the Cut (2003) here returns to the top of her form.
A combination of unstuffy dialogue, wise casting, unselfconscious performances and sensuous but never pretty photography makes Campion's version of the nineteenth century feel current but not anachronistic.
For a movie so sensuously mounted, it's remarkably grounded.
The rare film about the life of an artist that is itself a work of art.
Audience Reviews for Bright Star
A mostly genteel and restrained love story between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, with very solid performances by Abbie Cornish, Paul Schneider and Ben Whishaw - and there is one particularly cathartic scene by the end of the film that did move me to tears.
One of the most underrated films of 2009, brilliantly directed, gorgeously photographed and wonderfully acted. Left me a little speechless at the end. Look out for Ben Wishaw's reading at the end of the credits-just a brilliant delivery and a wonderful voice! Wonderful performances by Abbie Cornish and Ben Wishaw.Look out for Ben Wishaw's reading at the end of the credits-just a brilliant delivery and a wonderful voice! Highly recommended
Bright Star Quotes
|Maria Dilke:||A poem needs understanding through the senses.|
|Fanny Brawne:||Hope and results are different. One doesn't necessarily create the other.|
|Fanny Brawne:||You know I would do anything.|
|Fanny Brawne:||[the night before he leaves] You know I would do anything.|
|John Keats:||I have a conscience.|
|John Keats:||There is a holiness toï»¿ the heart's affections you know nothing about!|
|John Keats:||There is a holiness to the heart's affections you know nothing about!|