Bright Star

2009

Bright Star (2009)

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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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London 1818: a secret love affair begins between 23 year old English poet, John Keats, and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, an outspoken student of fashion. This unlikely pair started at odds; he thinking her a stylish minx, she unimpressed by literature in general. It was the illness of Keats's younger brother that drew them together. Keats was touched by Fanny's efforts to help and agreed to teach her poetry. By the time Fanny's alarmed mother and Keats's best friend Brown realized their attachment, the relationship had an unstoppable momentum. Intensely and helplessly absorbed in each other, the young lovers were swept into powerful new sensations, "I have the feeling as if I were dissolving", Keats wrote to her. Together they rode a wave of romantic obsession that deepened as their troubles mounted. Only Keats's illness proved insurmountable.

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Cast

Ben Whishaw
as John Keats
Abbie Cornish
as Fanny Brawne
Paul Schneider
as Charles Armitage Brown
Kerry Fox
as Mrs. Brawne
Claudie Blakley
as Maria Dilke
Gerard Monaco
as Charles Dilke
Samuel Roukin
as Reynolds
Samuel Barnett
as Mr. Severn
Jonathan Aris
as Mr. Hunt
Olly Alexander
as Tom Keats
Theresa Watson
as Charlotte
Eileen Davies
as Mrs. Bentley
Amanda Hale
as Reynolds Sister
Sally Reeve
as Landlady
Lucinda Raikes
as Reynolds Sister
Francois Testory
as Dance Master
Adrian Schiller
as Mr. Taylor
Alfred Harmsworth
as Charles Dilke, Jr.
Lucas Motion
as Suitor at Ball
Topper
as The Cat
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Critic Reviews for Bright Star

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (41)

Wonderful attention is paid to detail, including clothing, furniture and highly-stylized behavior. What is missing is emotion.

Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

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.

Nov 22, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 6, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

For a movie so sensuously mounted, it's remarkably grounded.

Oct 2, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The rare film about the life of an artist that is itself a work of art.

Sep 25, 2009 | Full Review…
Slate
Top Critic

In its way Campion's film is a thing of beauty, but its characters' inner lives must be taken on faith.

Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bright Star

 

Daniel J DeMersseman
Daniel J DeMersseman

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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

Sarah Gaish
Sarah Gaish

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