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Bright Star [DVD]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Jane Campion's literary biopic tells the true story of Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), a 23-year-old Londoner in 1818 whose independent streak manifests itself through an intense interest and love for fashion and dressmaking. Her neighbor, the struggling but gifted young poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw), underestimates her intelligence because he believes she's frivolous, and she, having no interest in literature, seems thoroughly disinterested in him. However, Fanny attempts to help the Keats family when John's brother becomes gravely ill, and in order to express his gratitude John agrees to teach her poetry -- leading Fanny and John to quickly fall deeply and profoundly in love with each other. Although they wish to wed, his lack of finances and his writing partner (Paul Schneider) -- who believes she is nothing more than an unwelcome distraction -- keep the two from marrying.
  • Credits
    Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox, Thomas Sangster
  • Critic Reviews
    "[Campion] shows us here the beautiful sanctuaries that word and image create together, and the reasons why life requires us -- like Fanny -- to abandon them."
    Film Comment

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Campion's innate sense of storytelling technique meshes the strands together, all adding up to a study in passion and tragedy that vigorously holds fast to period sensibilities and so keeps an audience firmly in its embrace."
    Box Office

    "The movie really belongs to Brawne, played with mesmerizing vitality and heart-stopping grace by Abbie Cornish."
    New York Times

    3 stars out of 4 -- The film, shot by the gifted Greig Fraser, is a thing of beauty to match the snippets of Keats we hear on the soundtrack.
    Rolling Stone

    [A] quiet, luscious, stately meditation....[Cornish delivers a] lovely, openhearted performance... -- Grade: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[A]n exquisitely done, emotional love story that marries heartbreaking passion to formidable filmmaking restraint....Campion demonstrates her gift for making the dailiness of distant lives vivid and convincing."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[A] beautiful, wistful film....What Campion does is seek visual beauty to match Keats' verbal beauty."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    The production is modest in physical scale, mostly reserved in tone and touchingly simple in design. Yet the effect is exhilarating, and deeply pleasurable.
    Wall Street Journal

    "BRIGHT STAR, Jane Campion's rapturous ode to tragic love, radiates beauty that's at once extravagant and spare, which is altogether fitting for its subjects."
    Washington Post

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Campion sticks close to the facts and relies on the power and emotional poignancy of the situation -- and some superbly sensitive acting -- for the impact of her film."
    Total Film

    Included in Los Angeles Times's "Best Films Of 2009" -- "This is a film that reminds us what a singular voice filmmaker Jane Campion has..."
    Los Angeles Times

    3 star out of 5 -- "Campion pulls off a challenge that's thwarted generations of filmmakers before her. Pretty and sincere..."

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