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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 (178) | Top Critics (67)

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.

August 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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

January 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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Director Jane Campion's most enthralling film since The Piano.

October 11, 2017 | Full Review…

[Jane Campion] shows us here the beautiful sanctuaries that word and image create together, and the reasons why life requires us ... to abandon them.

September 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Oh Bright Star, wouldst thou were a great film... but thou art not. Thou art good but bitsy.

December 23, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Jane Campion's film is as lyrical as you might expect but it's also enlivened with a bracing air of irreverence.

December 17, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | 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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