A Quiet Passion
Featured at a special gala screening at this year’s Berlinale, “A Quiet Passion” chronicles the life of Emily Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon of “Sex in the City”): her loves, her struggles, and her magnificent poetry. Directed by lauded British director Terence Davies (“The Long Day Closes,” “Sunset Song”) and shot on set in Belgium and on location in Amherst, Mass., “A Quiet Passion” paints a sympathetic but far from idealistic portrait of Emily’s life. A recluse who eventually boarded herself up in her bedroom, Dickinson is now recognized as a genius responsible for some of the most important verse in American literature, but she was virtually unknown in her lifetime, with fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems published. Described as “an absolute drop-dead masterwork” by the New Yorker and “quietly masterful” by the Independent, the film combines a dramatic plot with surprising moments of humor. The cast includes Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, and Jodhi May.