TIFF Review: Benediction Finds Terence Davies Capturing a Complex Life with Wit

TIFF Review: Benediction Finds Terence Davies Capturing a Complex Life with Wit
Time is everything in a Terence Davies film. In Benediction, his biopic about English poet Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden), he eventually covers his subject’s marriage to Hester Gatty (Kate Phillips). There’s a shot of the couple standing still, facing the camera as they pose for a wedding photo (a shot that tends to pop up throughout the director’s filmography). The camera flashes, we see the black-and-white photo, and then a fade transitions us to the future, where it rests on their bedside while Hester looks at their newborn child. The sequence is an encapsulation of what Davies does best: observing life with one’s head facing backwards, the cumulative weight of the past bearing down on every moment of the present.

Benediction shows how Sassoon got to that point in his life and beyond, hopping back and forth from his younger days to his older self (played
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