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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as John Keats
as Fanny Brawne
as Charles Armitage Brown
as Mrs. Brawne
as Maria Dilke
as Charles Dilke
as Mr. Severn
as Mr. Hunt
as Tom Keats
as Dr. Bree
as Mrs. Bentley
as Reynolds Sister
as Reynolds Sister
as Mr. Haslam
as Dance Master
as Mr. Taylor
as Charles Dilke, Jr.
as Suitor at Ball
as The Cat
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Critic Reviews for Bright Star
Yes, it is a thing of beauty and, yes, things of beauty are joys for ever but we can also probably say this about them: they don't always add up to the most affecting movies.
Wonderful attention is paid to detail, including clothing, furniture and highly-stylized behavior. What is missing is emotion.
[Jane Campion] shows us here the beautiful sanctuaries that word and image create together, and the reasons why life requires us ... to abandon them.
Oh Bright Star, wouldst thou were a great film... but thou art not. Thou art good but bitsy.
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!|