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British filmmaker Terence Davies has some great insults for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. One emerges from the mouth of Emily Dickinson, as played by Cynthia Nixon, in his new film A Quiet Passion. Another he shared with us when we spoke with him last September. Indeed, when reviewing the film for The A.V. Club, Film Editor A.A. Dowd highlighted just how funny A Quiet Passion is for a work that’s also primarily concerned with death, calling it “witty and stirring.”
Unlike many biopics, A Quiet Passion is not concerned so much with the events in its subject’s life, focusing instead on Dickinson’s philosophical outlook. Upon its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, we sat down with Davies, who discussed his fascination with the poet.
The A.V. Club: Why Cynthia Nixon?
Terence Davies: Well, I saw her for a film that didn »
- Esther Zuckerman
How ‘Edge of Seventeen’ spots the differences between teen angst and teen depression.
Edge of Seventeen’s Nadine is a character at war with herself. In one scene, Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), nauseous from a night of binge drinking, leans over a toilet bowl. She mumbles, “I had the worst thought, I’ve got to spend the rest of my life with myself.” Usually, in teen dramas, people Nadine’s age drink at stylized house parties. Instead, writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig depicts Nadine and her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) content to be together. However, Nadine will soon be at war with herself and with Krista. Following the evening of teenage drinking, Krista begins a relationship with Nadine’s older perfect brother, Darian (Blake Jenner). In response, Nadine flirts with self-destruction as well as classmate Erwin Kim (Hayden Szeto). Edge of Seventeen has the kind of plot that can push a film into either of two categories: »
- Francesca Fau
2 items from 2017
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