Benjamin Maio Mackay
A Quiet Passion - 2.5 Stars
Cynthia Nixon shines in Terence Davies’ latest and most self-indulgent offering.
The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.
I honestly thought this would be atrocious and it was better than I expected. However, it’s not one of Davies’ best works. It’s overly self-indulgent and definitely 20 minutes too long. The comedic aspect is excellent, the dry wit and sarcasm is a much needed reprieve from the constant over-dramatic family dramas. Cynthia Nixon delivers an astonishing performance, which should establish her as more than a “sit-com actor.” The social, class and religious scrutinisation was cleverly woven into the story - but also something Terrence Davies does in all of his films, which made it predictable.
Overall not one of the best films currently out.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Films