Terence Davies

UK, Belgium 2016. 124 Min.
Color. DCP. E/d

Only seven of her almost 1800 poems were published in her lifetime; she avoided most company, lived in a house with her family in Amherst, Massachussets, withdrawn to a room, on her own. Meanwhile, the world certainly knows who Emily Dickinson (1830-86) is, it knows of the contribution that the American poet made, the lyrical cosmos she created in her modest surroundings. Narrowness and vastness define A Quiet Passion like breaths of air; an up and down of clashes. For Miss Dickinson must constantly defend herself – her private space, her morals, her peace of mind, her lyricism – against the intrusions of the well-meaning. And Terence Davies – to whom Bildrausch this year is dedicating a tribute programme – is building her a monument with his masterfully sculpted artistic biography; freed from all kitsch, miles away from natural poetic sentimentality or pietistic enthusiasm, or even decorative opulence, he concentrates entirely on the creative character of a writer. Who, in turn, is brought to life with unforgiving precision and bouts of short-tempered acerbity by Cynthia Nixon. A cool distance prevails, together with a blazing fire, a deep passion lived in great silence.


DirectorTerence Davies
ScreenplayTerence Davies
CinematographyFlorian Hoffmeister
EditingPia Di Ciaula
MusicIan Neil
WithCynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Emma Bell
ProducersRoy Boulder, Sol Papadopoulos

Terence Davies