I confess, 'Bright Star' made me utterly lovesick, and it managed to do so without boldly dotting its tragic moments. Its whispers, hints, and suggestions will leave you floating. Jane Campion's film is a breathtaking experience, graced with the painterly touches of cinematographer Greig Fraser, whose delicate textures and lyrical vitality lends a freedom to Campion's storytelling.

Poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) spent the last three years of his life locked in a lingering embrace with his neighbor, Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). The perpetually poor, aloof, and self-deprecating Keats takes up residence in the outskirts of London with fellow poet Charles Armitage Brown. One half of the house is occupied by the Dilkes family, who introduce the young scribe to Miss Brawne. A flirtation blossoms between the two, composed of awkward glances, subtle gestures, gentle musings, and shared dreams.

[spoilers ahead, unless you know how the Keats/Brawne relationship ends]
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